Ivory Power

Sexual Harassment on Campus

Edited by Michele A. Paludi

Series: SUNY series, The Psychology of Women
Paperback : 9780791404584, 309 pages, January 1991
Hardcover : 9780791404577, 309 pages, January 1991

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Table of contents

Forewords: An Ecological Perspective to Understanding Sexual Harassment
Richard Barickman, Sam Korn, Bernice Sandler, Yael Gold, Alayne Ormerod, and Lauren Weitzman


Introduction: Myths and Realities: Sexual Harassment on Campus
Michele A. Paludi, Marc Grossman, Carole Ann Scott, Joni Kindermann, Susan Matula, Julie Ostwald, Judi Dovan, and Donna Mulcahy

I. Sexual Harassment: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
Editor's Notes


1. Sexual Harassment: The Definition and Measurement of a Construct
Louise F. Fitzgerald

2. The Interface of Racism and Sexism on College Campuses
Darlene C. DeFour

3. The Perils and Promise of Studying Sexist Discrimination in Face-to-Face Situations
Bernice Lott


II. Sexual Harassment: Impact on Cognitive, Physical, and Emotional Well-Being
Editor's Notes


4. Changed Lives: The Psychological Impact of Sexual Harassment
Mary P. Koss

5. The Victimization of Women
Kathryn Quina

6. Coping with Sexual Harassment
Vita C. Rabinowitz


III. Sexual Harassment: A Look at Harassers
Editor's Notes


7. Men Who Harass: Speculation and Data
Louise F. Fitzgerald and Lauren M. Weitzman

8. Men in the Academy: A Psychological Profile of Harassment
Sue Rosenberg Zalk


IV. Handling Complaints of Sexual Harassment on Campus
Editor's Notes


9. In Her Own Voice: One Woman Student's Experiences with Sexual Harassment
Lela Demby

10. Investigating Complaints of Sexual Harassment
Helen Remick, Jan Salisbury, Donna Stringer, and Angela Ginorio

11. Addressing Sexual Harassment: Strategies for Prevention and Change
Mary Kay Biaggio, Deborah Watts, and Arlene Brownell

12. Institutional Strategies: Creating a Sexual Harassment Panel
Dorothy O. Helly

13. Legal Issues
Sandra Shullman and Barbara Watts


V. Appendix

Sample Listing of References on Sexual Harassment on Campus
Suzanne Siegel and Michele A. Paludi

Organizations Concerned with Sexual Harassment on Campus
Carole Ann Scott

Audiovisual Material on Sexual Harassment on Campus
Michele A. Paludi

Sample Workshop Materials for Training Faculty about Sexual Harassment
Michele A. Paludi and Richard Barickman

The Student in the Back Row: Avoiding Sexual Harassment in the Classroom
Sexual Harassment Panel of Hunter College

Training for Faculty in Issues Relating to Sexual Harassment on Campus: A Resource Manual
K. C. Wagner

Sexual Harassment Committee Support Counselor Manual




Current estimates suggest that at least 30% of all undergraduate women experience sexual harassment by at least one professor during their four years in college. When definitions of sexual harassment include gender harassment (sexist comments and behavior), the incidence is 70%. the frequency of graduate women and women faculty and administrators who are harassed is even higher. Ivory Power discusses current research and theory on sexual harassment on college campuses. It takes a sociological perspective to understanding and eliminating sexual harassment by presenting the following issues: the emotional impact of sexual harassment and psychotherapeutic approaches that have proved valuable in treatment; the impact on women's cognitions and a developmental model for helping women to understand and label this form of victimization; the impact of sexual harassment on physical health and suggestions for dealing with stress-related problems; and the educational interventions that have been implemented in order to challenge attitudes that perpetuate harassment.

Ivory Power also addresses the interface of racism and sexism on college campuses, the legal issues involved in academic sexual harassment cases, and suggestions for handling complaints of sexual harassment in campus settings. An up-to-date bibliography of articles and books on academic harassment is provided.

Michele A. Paludi is Associate Professor of Psychology at Hunter College where she is the facilitator of the Hunter College Women's Career Development Research Collective and Co-coordinator of the Hunter College Sexual Harassment Panel. She is the author of Exploring/Teaching the Psychology of Women: A Manual of Resources, also published by SUNY Press.


"It is important to the study of sexism and to the study of women's professional advancement. " — Phyllis Bronstein, University of Vermont

"I came away from reading it with a good sense of the range of issues involved in sexual and gender harassment in higher education—from methodological issues in research on discrimination to institutional policy issues. " — Jeanne Parr Lemkau, Wright State University School of Medicine