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Professors Seek Volunteers for Harassment Study

Published: October 01, 2002
Two UT psychology professors are seeking female participants, 18 years of age or older, for a sexual harassment study.  The harassment need not have occurred at the present place of employment.

The study is funded by a Dana Grant, and will be conducted by Dr. Kim Cummings and Dr. Deletha Hardin, both assistant professors of psychology.


"To date, researchers have focused on the prevalence rates of sexual harassment using primarily quantitative methods,” Cummings said.  “Our research is somewhat unique in that it utilizes both quantitative and qualitative tools to assess the experiences of working women.  We believe that this type of research will help advance our understanding of the sexual harassment experiences of both Caucasian and African-American women."


"The experience of sexual harassment has not been examined in past research

with such detail and with this specific group of women,” Hardin said.  “This study is a unique look at the sexual harassment experiences of women that we expect will open new avenues of research and provide directions for possible changes in the workplace."


Each participant will be paid $15 for completing a questionnaire and interview lasting no more than one hour.  Interviews will be conducted at The University of Tampa.  Participants will be free to stop participating at any time, for any reason.  The interview schedule is flexible (after work, during lunch, etc.).


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