, Volume 30, Issue 9-10, pp 679-699

The impact of sexual harassment simulations on women's thoughts and feelings

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Women's thoughts and feelings in response to interpersonal and environmental sexual harassment simulations from co-workers with equal or greater organizational status were explored. Eighty-four professional women, primarily Caucasian, listened to an audio simulation of either a man propositioning her or of two men exchanging a denigrating remark about women. Participants listened to the recording twice; once they were asked to imagine the voice was that of their boss/supervisor and once that of their co-worker. The Multiple Affect Adjective Check List-Revised (MAACL-R) revealed a significant increase in dysphoria following all simulations. Interpersonal harassment by a man with higher organizational status increased dysphoria and anticipated assertiveness but lessened self-blame relative to all other experimental conditions.