Publication Date

Spring 2018

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Betsy Shoenfelt (Director), Reagan Brown, and Aaron Wichman

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


This research examined gender and employment status (full-time worker or student) differences in perceptions of workplace sexual harassment and incivility. Previous and recent meta-analyses suggested small effects by gender. The current research introduced a method of measuring perceptions by forcing a choice of identifying a behavior as sexual harassment, incivility, or neither. The instrument was designed in this way to determine if small effects existed because males tended to have overlapping definitions of sexual harassment and incivility. Propensity to sexually harass was also measured. Results suggest no gender or employment status effects on the method, but propensity to sexually harass effects were found.


Cognition and Perception | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology