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The dynamics of workplace sexual harassment in the US
A new Gender, Work & Organization analysis of US data from 1997-2016 provides new insights into workplace sexual harassment. (2019-06-19)

Sexual harassment statistics: Do the numbers reveal the true extent of the problem?
A new article addresses the statistics of sexual harassment and questions how prevalent it is. (2018-03-16)

Study finds surprising gender differences related to sexual harassment
Sexual harassment may have become so commonplace for women that they have built up resistance to harassing behavior they consider merely (2011-03-30)

Gender perceptions of sexual harassment can influence workplace policy effectiveness
Although 98 percent of all organizations have sexual harassment policies, sexual harassment remains an issue in the workplace. Researchers at the University of Missouri are evaluating how employees' interpretations of sexual harassment policies can invalidate the purpose of the policies. They found that employee perceptions of how exactly 'sexual harassment' is defined by a company's policy can, in effect, eliminate or reshape the meaning of these policies and contradict the norms and values of the companies that try to enforce them. (2016-04-07)

Redefining sexual discrimination
Gender harassment -- verbal and nonverbal behaviors that convey insulting, hostile and degrading attitudes to women -- is just as distressing for women victims as sexual advances in the workplace. According to Emily Leskinen, Lilia Cortina, and Dana Kabat from the University of Michigan in the US, gender harassment leads to negative personal and professional outcomes too and, as such, is a serious form of sex discrimination. (2010-08-05)

Sexual harassment on sitcoms not so funny, researcher says
Sexual jokes, suggestive glances, and other forms of gender and sexual harassment may be funny to writers, producers and viewers of workplace-based situation comedies, but Penn State researcher Beth Montemurro says they are far from a laughing matter. (2003-07-14)

Study finds link between sexual harassment and 'purging' -- in men
Men who experience high levels of sexual harassment are much more likely than women to induce vomiting and take laxatives and diuretics in an attempt to control their weight, according to a surprising finding by Michigan State University researchers. (2013-05-09)

Power and sexual harassment -- men and women see things differently
In the hands of the wrong person, power can be dangerous. That's especially the case in the workplace, where the abuse of power can lead to sexual harassment. (2007-04-03)

Online abuse affects 3 in 5 Australians: study
Three in five Australians have been the target of online harassment and abuse, landmark RMIT University research reveals. (2015-11-12)

Minority women face 'double jeopardy' of workplace harrassment
New research at the University of Toronto is the first to empirically document that women who are visible minorities face a double dose of harassment in the workplace, based on both sex and ethnicity. (2006-03-21)

Sexual harassment at school -- more harmful than bullying
Schools' current focus on bullying prevention may be masking the serious and underestimated health consequences of sexual harassment, according to James Gruber from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Susan Fineran from the University of Southern Maine in the US. Their research, just published online in Springer's journal Sex Roles, shows that although less frequent, sexual harassment has a greater negative impact on teenagers' health than the more common form of victimization, bullying. (2008-04-23)

Teasing young girls about weight has dire results, researchers say
Girls who are teased about their weight -- regardless of how much they weigh -- can develop serious eating disorders, poor body image and distorted eating patterns, according to preliminary results from a University of Toronto study on body-based harassment. (2000-03-27)

We're more passive than we predict when sexually harassed, new study shows
Sexual harassment is devastating in and of itself for its victims, but new research from the University of Notre Dame shows there can be an even more insidious and troubling consequence that goes along with it. (2012-11-05)

Sexual harassment from males prevents female bonding, says study
The extent to which sexual harassment from males can damage relationships between females is revealed in a study published today. Led by the Center for Research in Animal Behavior at the University of Exeter and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the research uncovers the effect of sexual harassment on the ability of female fish to form social bonds with each other. (2009-04-21)

Perceptions of similar language may prevent understanding of sexual harassment policies
Although the Society for Human Resource Management reports that 97 percent of US companies have a written sexual harassment policy, a recent University of Missouri study indicates that those policies might not be effective in preventing workplace harassment. Researchers in the MU College of Arts and Science examined the way individuals define and explain their understanding of flirting and sexual harassment in an organizational setting. The researchers found that individuals' perceptions and their understanding are not always a perfect match. (2009-03-19)

Hostility, coercion, sexism among causes of harassment in military
Results of the U.S. military's 1995 survey of sexual harassment in its ranks were frightening - 78 percent of women reported at least one of nine kinds of incidents. University of Illinois researchers say, however, that although the number is troubling, it is not the whole story. (1999-11-01)

Sexual harassment and discrimination experiences of academic medical faculty
In a study appearing in the May 17 issue of JAMA, Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues conducted a survey of clinician-researchers on career and personal experiences, including questions on gender bias and sexual harassment. (2016-05-17)

Men who sexually harass subordinates fear being judged as incompetent
The numerous high-profile men who have recently been accused of sexual harassment may not have been simply exercising their power. Instead their behavior could be related to feeling insecure and believing that others find them ill-suited to or undeserving of their dominant position. This is according to new research in Springer's journal Sex Roles, which was led by Leah Halper of Ohio University and The Ohio State University, and Kimberly Rios, also of Ohio University in the US. (2018-07-11)

Sexual harassment at work not just men against women
More than one in 10 complaints of sexual harassment at work are reported by men, a QUT study has found. (2015-06-30)

Link between workplace sexual harassment and women's negative self-views may be weakening
A survey analysis suggests that, between 2016 and 2018, the relationship between workplace sexual harassment and women's negative self-views weakened. Ksenia Keplinger and colleagues at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, US, present these findings in the open access journal PLOS ONE on July 17, 2019. (2019-07-17)

Articles examine aspects of sexual assault, harassment
Two articles areĀ being published to coincide with the North American Menopause Society annual meeting. An original investigation by Rebecca C. Thurston, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and coauthors looked at theĀ association of sexual harassment and sexual assault with blood pressure, mood, anxiety and sleep among midlife women. In the study of 304 women between the ages of 40 and 60, 19 percent reported a history of workplace sexual harassment and 22 percent reported a history of sexual assault. (2018-10-03)

Odds of leaving military double after sexual assault, report finds
New RAND Research Examines the Effects of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment on Separation from the U.S. Military and finds that the odds of separation double after exposure to sexual assault. (2021-02-08)

Factors that influence whether people define unwelcome sexual joking in the workplace as harassment
A new study in Law & Social Inquiry shows that how people define sexual harassment is directly related to the extent to which they view sexual harassment rules as ambiguous and threatening to workplace norms. (2008-07-31)

Nearly half of middle schoolers report daily incidents of harassment
This study found that almost half of 6th grade urban middle school students were harassed by their peers within two weeks. Peer harassment was related to negativity towards school, as was witnessing their classmates being subjected to peer harassment. Findings were based upon two samples of 95 to 97 sixth graders who rated their moods and described incidents of daily peer harassment. The results indicate a need to extend violence prevention efforts to all students. (2005-03-25)

Report finds California above national average for sexual harassment rates
A new study shows California sexual harassment rates above national average. (2019-05-23)

Scientific institutions continue to lag behind the #TimesUp movement
Scientific and medical institutions must fundamentally reconsider how they address sexual harassment in the workplace, three national leaders in gender equity in medicine argue in a Perspective published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. (2018-09-12)

Both boys and girls negatively affected by sexual harassment
A new study in Psychology of Women Quarterly explored the outcomes of sexual harassment on both boys and girls. (2008-05-12)

Why sexual harassment is worse than other types of abuse online
While many women gamers can shrug off much of the name-calling and abuse they receive while playing online video games, sexual harassment sticks with them even when they're offline. (2016-03-22)

30 percent of female physicians report sexual harassment
In a survey of high-achieving physician-scientists, nearly a third of women reported experiencing sexual harassment. (2016-05-17)

Workplace sexual harassment 'a chronic problem,' says APA president
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive, chronic problem that can cause enduring psychological harm, according to the president of the American Psychological Association. (2017-11-16)

Study explores sexual harassment at AADR conferences
The research assessed perceptions and experiences related to sexual, gender-based and nongender-based harassment among registrants at AADR annual meetings from 2015 to 2018 (n=10,495); examined demographic factors associated with reported experiences; and identified facilitators and potential solutions concerning these types of harassment. The survey received 824 responses, or 7.85%. (2020-03-03)

Workplace drinking and gender harassment linked
A new Cornell University study shows that when alcohol consumption in and around the workplace increases, so does the risk of sexual harassment to women workers. (2004-03-24)

Nearly half of accused harassers can return to work
What happens behind the scenes when employees are accused of harassment? New research from Michigan State University revealed that almost half of accused harassers can go back to work when disputes are settled by arbitrators -- or, third-parties who resolve disputes. (2019-11-14)

Bullying in middle school may lead to increased substance abuse in high school
Over the past decade, parents, educators and policy makers have become increasingly concerned about verbal and physical harassment in schools and the subsequent effects of peer victimization on teens. A recent study by Julie C. Rusby and colleagues from the Oregon Research Institute, published in the November 2005 issue of The Journal of Early Adolescence by SAGE Publications, found significant associations between peer harassment of students in middle school and a variety of problem behaviors, such as alcohol abuse, once these students reach high school. (2005-12-29)

Culture affects how teen girls see harassment
Teenage girls of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds still experience sexism and sexual harassment -- but cultural factors may control whether they perceive sexism as an environmental problem or as evidence of their own shortcomings. (2008-05-15)

Most women are not confrontational when faced with sex harassment, Yale study shows
Women like to believe they would report or confront someone who was sexually harassing them, but when faced with an actual situation, out of fear they rarely voice objections. The findings by a Yale researcher were based on the reactions of 50 women, 18-to-39-years-old, who, during the course of what they believed was a real job interview, were asked three sexually harassing questions. (2001-05-28)

Female animals look drab to avoid sexual harassment, study shows
In many species males attract the sexual attention of females with distinctive plumage, markings or displays of some type. But males can also be choosy about their mates, so the lack of ornamental sexual traits in females remains puzzling. (2016-03-17)

Sexual harassment common among middle school children, study finds
Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, said bullying and youth violence expert Dorothy L. Espelage. The five-year study by researchers at the University of Illinois found that homophobic bullying is the precursor to sexual harassment among adolescents. (2016-12-09)

A preference for casual sex increases risk of harassment
Adolescents who are open to casual sex are more often involved in sexual harassment -- both as victims and as perpetrators. (2017-03-16)

Survey of dental researchers' perceptions of sexual harassment at AADR conferences
At the 97th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), held in conjunction with the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), AADR Immediate Past President Raul Garcia, Boston University, Massachusetts, USA, presented a poster on 'Survey of Dental Researchers' Perceptions of Sexual Harassment at AADR Conferences 2015-2018.' (2019-06-21)

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