Effects of Involvement (Target Versus Observer), Gender, Protectiveness, and Priming on Perceptions of Sexual Harassment
College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Science (MS)
NACO controlled Corporate Body
University of North Florida. Department of Psychology
Dr. Christopher Leone
Dr. Curtis Phills
Dr. Lori Lange
The present study looks at reporting rates of sexual harassment in regard to affect, involvement, gender, protectiveness, and priming. Four hundred and forty-six participants were randomly assigned to read either an event described as occurring to themselves or to a friend before answering questions about friendship and what they read. Participants were more likely to label an event as sexual harassment if they used negative words to describe that event. They were also more likely to label an event as sexual harassment after being primed with the words “sexual harassment,” if they were female, and if they were high in protectiveness. Participants were also more likely to identify the harasser as male and target as female. Limitations of the investigation (e.g., lack of reverse scoring, social desirability, and acquiescence) and future directions (e.g., IAT, age, and different scales) are also discussed.
Dary, Kendall P., "Effects of Involvement (Target Versus Observer), Gender, Protectiveness, and Priming on Perceptions of Sexual Harassment" (2020). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 983.