School of Social Work

Professor Susan Fineran Article on Sexual Harassment on High School Students Published

The Violence Against Women editorial team informed Susan Fineran that her 2015 article on the effects of sexual harassment on high school students is their featured article on the VAW social media accounts this week. The Abstract and Link to the article appear below.

Sexual Harassment, Bullying, and School Outcomes for High School Girls and Boys. By James Gruber & Susan Fineran

Abstract: A comparison of the impact of bullying and sexual harassment on five school outcomes was conducted on a sample of high school students. Results revealed that sexual harassment was a stronger predictor than bullying of all school outcomes for both sexes, but especially for girls. This study suggests that sexual harassment, which activates sexist and heterosexist stereotypes, erodes school engagement, alienates students from teachers, and adversely affects academic achievement, to a great degree than bullying does.