Sexual harassment in the context of double male dominance

S. de Haas*, M.C. Timmerman

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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25 Citaten (Scopus)


It has been suggested that numerically male-dominated workplaces propagate cultural norms that support sexual bravado, sexual posturing, and the denigration of feminine behaviour (Sbraga O'Donohue, 2000). These cultural norms are features of normative male dominance, which have been shown to increase the risk of sexual harassment. This implies that the effect of numerical male dominance on sexual harassment may be mediated by the level of normative male dominance in the work environment. The aim of this study was to test this assumption. Our sample consisted of 1295 police women, who filled out an Internet questionnaire. The results suggest that normative male dominance indeed mediates the relation between numerical male dominance and sexual harassment. We add to the sexual harassment literature by building on Gruber's concept of double dominance. Our study helps to make clear why women are at greater risk of sexual harassment in work situations where men outnumber women than in more gender-balanced workplaces.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)717-734
Aantal pagina's18
TijdschriftEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusPublished - 2010

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