Date Approved

5-11-2009

Embargo Period

3-17-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Gaer, Eleanor

Subject(s)

Sexual harassment of men--New Jersey; Sexual harassment--New Jersey

Disciplines

Counseling Psychology

Abstract

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a growing issue. It is difficult to determine which case is sexual harassment and which is not. Many cases that make it to the court room involve female victims. This study examines if women are in fact seen as the victim more often or if men are taken less seriously. Participants include 98 employees of various organizations of Southern New Jersey. Each participant was given four case studies. The genders and relationship of workers vary in each case. Each case involves one male and one female that have either a co-worker relationship of equal status or an authority/subordinate relationship. It was believed that in those cases where the victim was male, participants will have a lower rating of sexual harassment. It was also believed that in the cases with an authority figure, there will be a higher rating of sexual harassment. The results revealed no significant difference for gender; however, the results were in the direction of significance when examining authority.

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