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The prevalence and nature of sexual harassment in the workplace: A model for early identification and effective management thereof

A Ramsaroop, S Brijball Parumasur
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 33, No 2 | a374 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i2.374 | © 2007 A Ramsaroop, S Brijball Parumasur | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 January 2007 | Published: 16 January 2007

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A Ramsaroop, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Westville Campus), South Africa
S Brijball Parumasur, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Westville Campus), South Africa

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Abstract

This study investigates the prevalence and nature of sexual harassment and, assesses the impact of supervisory relations, levels of interaction, appearance and personality and types of behaviour. The study was undertaken at a tertiary institution using a sample of 74 employees, drawn by means of simple random sampling. Data was collected using a self-developed questionnaire, which was statistically tested and, analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results indicate that the sub-dimensions of the study impact significantly on sexual harassment. Based on the findings, a model for early identification and effective management of sexual harassment in the workplace was generated.

Keywords

Sexual harrassment; Quid pro quo; Hostile work environment; Socio sexual behaviour; Sexual harrassment policy; Occupational sex segregation; Supervisory relations; Levels of interaction; Appearance and personality; Types of behaviours

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