Sexual harassment as aggressive behavior: An actor-based perspective Academic Article uri icon


  • In research on sexual harassment, authors have given little attention to sexual harassers. We present an actor-focused model of sexual harassment interactions. In the model, which is based on interpersonal aggression research, we frame sexual harassment as one form of behavior an actor might choose for pursuing valued goals. The model is interactive, in that we discuss the effects of sexually harassing actions on the target's perceptions, motives, and behavioral response choice. We also provide propositions to guide future research.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • O'Leary-Kelly, A. M., Paetzold, R. L., & Grifffin, R. W.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • O'Leary-Kelly, AM||Paetzold, RL||Grifffin, RW

publication date

  • April 2000