Profiles in coping: Responses to sexual harassment across persons, organizations, and cultures

Lilia M. Cortina, S. Arzu Wasti

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Abstract

This study explicates the complexity of sexual harassment coping behavior among 4 diverse samples of working women: (a) working-class Hispanic Americans, (b) working-class Anglo Americans, (c) professional Turks, and (d) professional Anglo Americans. K-means cluster analysis revealed 3 common harassment coping profiles: (a) detached, (b) avoidant negotiating, and (c) support seeking. The authors then tested an integrated framework of coping profile determinants, involving social power, stressor severity, social support, and culture. Analysis of variance, chi-square, and discriminant function results identified significant determinants at each of the 4 levels of this ecological model. These findings underscore the importance of focusing on whole patterns of experience - and considering influences at the level of the individual employee and multiple levels of the surrounding context - when studying how women cope with workplace sexual harassment.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages182-192
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2005

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Sexual Harassment
Organizations
Working Women
Psychological Adaptation
Negotiating
Hispanic Americans
Workplace
Social Support
Cluster Analysis
Analysis of Variance
Power (Psychology)

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Profiles in coping : Responses to sexual harassment across persons, organizations, and cultures. / Cortina, Lilia M.; Wasti, S. Arzu.

In: Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 90, No. 1, 01.2005, p. 182-192.

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