The Impact of Sexual Harassment on Military Personnel: Is it the Same for Men and Women?


Magley, Vicki J., Craig R. Waldo, Fritz Drasgow, and Louise F. Fitzgerald. 1999. "The Impact of Sexual Harassment on Military Personnel: Is it the Same for Men and Women?" Military Psychology 11 (3): 283-302.

Authors: Vicki J. Magley, Craig R. Waldo, Fritz Drasgow, Louise F. Fitzgerald


Research in the civilian workplace has documented the serious psychological, health-related, and job-related outcomes of sexual harassment of women by men. The question of whether men experience sexual harassment similarly has more recently been proposed (Berdahl, Magley, & Waldo, 1996; Popovich, Campbell, Everton, Mangan, & Godinho, 1994; Vaux, 1993; Waldo, Berdahl, & Fitzgerald, 1998; Waldo & Magley, 1996), resulting in considerable debate regarding not only the extent of the outcomes of such experiences but also the sex of the offender. This study directly compared outcomes of sexual harassment for men and women utilizing data from the U.S. Department of Defense's (1995) recent gender issues survey. The results of both linear and quadratic regression analyses indicate that within the range of similar experiences, sexual harassment exerts a negative effect on male and female personnel in similar ways on 3 sets of outcomes: psychological, health, and job-related. Three differences emerged, however, suggesting differential experiences of sexual harassment for men and women. First, women were more likely to have been sexually harassed than were men. Second, women experienced sexual harassment at higher frequencies than did men; the negative impact on women, both individually and as a group, is thus considerably more pronounced. Finally, women almost always experienced sexual harassment from men; men were somewhat more likely to experience such behaviors from men than from women.

Keywords: military sexual assault, female soldiers, male soldiers, mental health

Topics: Combatants, Female Combatants, Male Combatants, Gender, Women, Men, Health, Mental Health, Sexual Violence, SV against Men, SV against Women Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 1999

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