Women and Gender Studies Program

WGS/Social Work Professor, Susan Fineran speaking on the Impact of Sexual Harassment

Prof. Susan Fineran

Susan Fineran and co-author James Gruber (UMich-Dearborn) will be giving a paper on Gender, Sexual Orientation, and the Impact of Sexual Harassment Experiences on School Outcomes at the Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York City, August 9, 2013. This paper poses three research hypotheses:  (1) Heterosexual girls and sexual minorities will have greater levels of sexual harassment victimization than heterosexual boys. (2) Sexual orientation will be a stronger predictive factor of sexual harassment victimization than gender. And, (3) Heterosexual girls and sexual minorities will experience greater harm as a result of sexual harassment compared to heterosexual boys. Study outcomes showed that while heterosexual boys had levels of harassment that were similar to their female peers, the effects of sexual harassment on their poorer school outcomes were significantly less.  Result indicate that the poor school attachment and academic performance of heterosexual boys results from factors other than sexual harassment.  However, for girls in general and for sexual minority boys in particular, the link between school outcomes and sexual harassment appears stronger.
 
In addition, Dr. Fineran will be participating as an invited panelist at the  International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment Conference in New York City, August 12, 2013. The title of the panel: Teaching About Sexual Harassment in Undergraduate and Graduate Curricula.