Correlates of attitudes toward sexual harassment among early adolescents

Jeremiah S. Strouse, Megan P. Goodwin, Bruce Roscoe

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A survey of 458 early adolescents (87% White; 278 females and 280 males; M age = 13) examined the interacting relationship between family environment and involvement with pop music, and attitudes toward sexual harassment, while also controlling for sex. Attitudes toward sexual harassment were assessed by an eight-item Likert-type scale constructed from common behavioral definitions of sexual harassment (reliability alpha = .89). Results indicated females held less accepting attitudes toward sexual harassment than males. Involvement with pop music was associated with acceptance of sexual harassment, especially for females. The combination of a high level of exposure to pop music videos, and being from an unsatisfactory or nonintact family, was strongly associated with acceptance of sexual harassment for females and less so for males. The findings of this study could have implications for the etiology of acceptance of other coercive behaviors among adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-577
Number of pages19
JournalSex Roles
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Nov 1994


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