Sexual Harassment (SH) has been a prevalent issue within the workplace. Observer behavior is when employees are trained to identify and intervene in situations of SH. The traditional SH framework has focused on the legal compliance of employees rather than appealing to their moral reasoning. Furthermore, in most SH training typically depicts an SH situation with a white man who identifies as heterosexual as the perpetrator and a white woman as the victim. The Sex-Based Harassment (SBH) framework aims to address various intersections of racial, sexual, and gender identity within the context of SH. The current study examined the role of social identity on observer intervention behavior using the Observer Intervention in Sexual Harassment (OISH) measure informed by the SBH framework. It is hypothesized that participants who have past SH experience and/or identify as people of color, women, or sexual minorities are more likely to engage in observer behavior. Our original hypotheses had null findings and further analysis provided limited significant findings. These findings show that observer intervention behavior is not dependent on experiencing/witnessing SH. This study is important to improve the effectiveness of training to equip employees with the tools to better identify and intervene in situations of SH in the workplace.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
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Industrial and Organizational Psychology
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Jean-Baptiste, Tisnue, "Addressing Sexual Harassment (SH) at Work: Examining the Role of Social Identity on Observer Intervention Behavior" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1028.