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Zhang, Lu
School of Business Administration
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  • Diversity management
  • Leadership
  • Power dynamics in organizations
  • Corporate social responsibility

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Simple and joint effects of gender and self-esteem on responses to same-sex sexual harassment

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Title
Simple and joint effects of gender and self-esteem on responses to same-sex sexual harassment
Author
Goldberg, C.Zhang, Lu
Keywords
Responses to sexual harassment; Same-sex sexual harassment; Self-esteem and sexual harassment; Sexual harassment
Issue Date
2004-06
Publisher
SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS
Citation
SEX ROLES, v.50, no.11-12, pp.823 - 833
Abstract
In a sample of 431 white-collar professionals, we examined the impact of gender and self-esteem on individuals' intentions to seek legal counsel, confront the harasser, and make formal reports within the organization in response to approach-based same-sex sexual harassment. We hypothesized that gender, self-esteem, and their interaction would be related to assertive responses. All three hypotheses received support: men were more likely than women to respond assertively; self-esteem was positively related to response intentions; and self-esteem had a greater impact on men's responses than on women's responses. These results suggest that frameworks used to describe responses to cross-sex sexual harassment may not be adequate for same-sex sexual harassment. Post hoc analyses revealed that perceiving the behavior as harassment mediated the relationship between self-esteem and the responses to harassment, but did not mediate the relationships between gender and the responses to harassment. These findings contribute to the research on acknowledging sexual harassment.
URI
https://scholarworks.unist.ac.kr/handle/201301/8452
DOI
10.1023/B:SERS.0000029100.90903.11
ISSN
0360-0025
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