Chapter 13 The effects of empathy on judgments of sexual harassment complaints

Roni Reiter-Palmon, Richard L. Wiener, Gregory Ashley, Ryan J. Winter, Ronda M. Smith, Erin M. Richter, Amy Voss-Humke

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Recent research suggests that individual difference variables that measure emotional reactions may be useful in understanding sexual harassment judgments. In the present study, 503 male and female working adults viewed two videos of sexual harassment cases and were asked to make judgments about the nature of the behavior. Participants also completed measures of sexism and empathy. Results indicated that Perspective Taking (PT), a component of empathy, interacted with gender to explain judgments regarding sexual harassment. Contrary to expectations, PT did not eliminate the typical gender differences found, but rather magnified them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmotions, Ethics and Decision-Making
EditorsWilfred Zerbe, Charmine Hartel, Neal Ashkanasy
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch on Emotion in Organizations
ISSN (Print)1746-9791

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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