Sex Roles

, Volume 22, Issue 5–6, pp 305–325 | Cite as

The influence of individual characteristics and severity of harassing behavior on reactions to sexual harassment

  • Douglas D. Baker
  • David E. Terpstra
  • Kinley Larntz


Differences in reactions to 18 scenarios depicting potentially sexually harassing situations were studied as a function of harassment severity and individual level factors. The scenarios illustrate a continuum of behavior, with some situations depicting overt sexual harassment and others portraying more innocuous behaviors. The individuals' reactions were strongly influenced by the perceived severity of the incidents. Reactions were influenced to a lesser extent by the individual level factors of gender, attitudes toward women, religiosity, and locus of control. Among these factors, gender had the strongest effect on reaction types. Findings indicate that harassment severity and individual level factors may combine to influence reactions to sexual harassment.


Social Psychology Individual Characteristic Sexual Harassment Level Factor Reaction Type 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas D. Baker
    • 1
  • David E. Terpstra
    • 2
  • Kinley Larntz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Management and SystemsWashington State UniversityPullman
  2. 2.University of MississippiUSA
  3. 3.University of MinnesotaUSA

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