Can Perceivers Identify Likelihood to Sexually Harass?1

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Abstract

We investigated how men who differ in their likelihood to sexually harass (LSH) are perceived by themselves and others. In Study 1, 36 Caucasian male participants, who were paid for their participation, were videotaped being interviewed by a subordinate female. Participants rated her performance and then responded to self-report attitudinal and personality scales. Higher LSH men reported more traditional attitudes toward women's roles, a less feminine personality, and lower competency ratings for the female interviewer. Study 2 investigated whether participants could differentiate between high and low LSH men from videoclips. Eighty-one male and 76 female Caucasian participants, who were fulfilling a course requirement, rated high LSH men (compared to low LSH men) as (1) higher in LSH, (2) more masculine, (3) less feminine, and (4) more traditional toward women's roles than low LSH men. Implications of this ability to detect likelihood to sexually harass are discussed.

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