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Widespread sexual harassment in the public sector makes implementing sexual harassment policy a decidedly necessary task. In this book, the authors focus on the implementation of policy in public sector organizations using an analysis of case studies and survey data. The authors identify four major challenges to implementing sexual harassment policies and examine each starting with a description and concluding with specific recommendations for overcoming the challenges in policy making.

Methodology and the Challenges of Studying Sexual Harassment
Methodology and the challenges of studying sexual harassment

Researching workplace sexual harassment presents not only a number of challenges common to work on many psychosocial phenomena but some unique attributes as well. Because sexual harassment rarely takes place in “public,” visible to many witnesses, and because it represents a situation that lacks agreed-upon conceptual definitions, knowing whether it has occurred and its nature or severity depends upon individual self-reporting. This alone presents grave research and measurement problems. Add to this the fact that sexual harassment involves an often “taboo” topic that may be associated with psychological processes that foster denial and requires that respondents remember and report accurately on what may have been (or still is) a traumatic ...

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