M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology
College of Science & Mathematics
Interpersonal attraction; Sexual harassment
Seventy-nine undergraduate females participated in a laboratory analogue developed to investigate a variable labeled as "Dating Potential," defined as the combination of a man's physical attractiveness and status. Researchers attempted to determine if dating potential could influence a young woman's tolerance of peer sexual harassment. Using an instant-message type interaction, participants were exposed via computer to one of four conditions consisting of a picture and profile of a potential male dating candidate. While a man's status did not influence the participant's tolerance, results indicate that women exposed to an attractive male were more likely to tolerate sexually harassing responses.
Fetter, Kara, "Dating potential as a factor influencing the tolerance of sexual harassment" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 781.