What Does it Mean to be a Woman? How the Content of Gender Identity May Facilitate Women’s Coping with Sexual Harassment

Author/editor: Kate A. B. Western, Associate Professor Tegan Cruwys, Professor Michelle K. Ryan
Publisher: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Year published: 2022
Volume no.: Vol. 0(0) 1–23


Sexual harassment and other forms of gendered discrimination are social psychological phenomena, yet the psychological impact of sexual harassment has rarely been examined through a model which considers the role of diverse content of gender identity (i.e. norms). The authors used an experimental design to investigate how salient norms associated with the social identity of ‘women’ affect coping with sexual harassment.

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