Initial assessment of the psychometric properties of the Sexual Harassment Reporting Attitudes Scale

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Cogent Psychology


sexual harassment, workplace, reporting, attitudes, psychometric


Although sexual harassment remains a common problem in the workplace, many victims and witnesses fail to report it to organizational authorities. Fear of retribution as well as perceptions of futility are widely cited as reasons for these reporting failures. Attitudes toward reporting sexual harassment in the workplace have only been marginally considered, and a scale to measure such attitudes does not currently exist. In the present study, we describe a newly developed scale to test this construct, as well as its initial psychometric properties. Our findings suggest that the Sexual Harassment Reporting Attitudes Scale (SHRAS) is reliable and valid, with three correlated subscales related to the risks of reporting, moral obligation to report, and its utility. The benefits and uses of the SHRAS for scholars and practitioners are discussed.


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