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Confronted with the problem of sexual harassment, a public high school in New Jersey implemented an awareness program. To document the extent of sexual harassment, the administration arranged for the Career Equity and Assistance Center for Research and Evaluation at Montclair State University to conduct a replication of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) survey on sexual harassment. The instrument used in the AAUW study was administered to all students during their English classes. Of the 711 students surveyed, 46% were female. A major finding was that 76% of the students believed that harassment happened in their school, and 73% had personally experienced sexual harassment. Most (94%) of the harassment took place between students, but 30% of students reported teacher to student harassment. Students reported that 47% of the harassment occured in the hallways and 29% occurred in the classroom. Most students (59%) believed that harassment occurred because it gave the perpetrator power over another person. Results were in general agreement with the AAUW study, although reported levels were slightly lower in the New Jersey school. A major difference between the two studies was that students in the original AAUW study saw harassment as just a part of school life, rather than an attempt to gain power over someone. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table, and 2 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Educational Environment, High School Students, High Schools, Sexual Harassment, Sexuality, Student Attitudes, Surveys

Autor: New Jersey Equity Research Bulletin, n15 Fall 1995


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