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The frequency of sexually harassing behaviors in a high school setting were examined in this study; differences with regard to gender, level of coercion, and perceptions of what is, or is not, sexual harassment are also addressed. The implication of this study is that sexual harassment is likely to occur frequently, even in secondary schools. Although there is no unambiguous definition of sexual harassment, for the purposes of this study, it may be hypothesized as follows: any time a students grade or advancement is contingent upon the acceptance of sexual remarks or favors, sexual harassment is operating in the educational environment. Subjects consisted of 192 college students (113 female, 79 male) at Middle Tennessee State University. Participants were asked to complete the Sexual Experiences Questionnaire (SEQ) while they reflected on experiences during their high school years. Results indicated that more than three-fourths of the subjects had experienced some form of sexual harassment. Many, however, apparently did not know that they behavior they described was classified as such. A significant portion of the students reported experiencing behaviors typically thought of as sexual harassment, yet they denied being "sexually harassed." It seemed that males were harassed at a similar rate as females, with males experiencing more verbal types of sexual harassment (sexual remarks and jokes). Females tended to be subjected to more staring behavior than their male peers. The implication of this study is that sexual harassment is likely to occur frequently, even in secondary schools. (Contains 18 references and 1 table.) (RJM)

Descriptors: Adolescents, College Students, Educational Environment, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Sex Differences, Sexual Harassment, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Verbal Abuse











Autor: Heritage, Jeannette; Denton, Wanda L.; West, Beryl

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11042&id=ED412447







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