Sex Roles

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 291–311

Sexual harassment: Organizational context and diffuse status

  • Terri C. Fain
  • Douglas L. Anderton

DOI: 10.1007/BF00288454

Cite this article as:
Fain, T.C. & Anderton, D.L. Sex Roles (1987) 17: 291. doi:10.1007/BF00288454


Data from a large survey of federal employees is utilized to compare three broad competing perspectives that suggest effects on sexual harassment within organizations. Three different viewpoints stress power differentials, minority status, and diffuse master status characteristics. Results of the study indicate that intraorganizational theories emphasizing either power inequalities or work group compositional heterogeneities are unable to account for the reported sexual harassment without considering diffuse master status characteristics developed and maintained outside the organization.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terri C. Fain
    • 1
  • Douglas L. Anderton
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Illinois at ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of ChicagoUSA