This quantitative research study examined the frequency of street harassment and women's responses to it in terms of emotional reactions and coping mechanisms. A self-administered survey was administered to 51 female graduate students. Frequencies and percents were reported, along with ethnic and age differences in the experience of street harassment.
Verbal/stalking harassment was found to occur frequently. In addition, many participants reported negative feelings (e.g., annoyance and anger). Women also reported restricting their mobility and changing their appearance in order to avoid harassment.
These findings highlight the utility of intervening to reduce street harassment to increase women’s safety and comfort in public. As women experience oppression due to their gender, their mental health has significant implications for our communities. In short, women’s lives matter.
|Advisor:||Potts, Marilyn K.|
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Mental health, Social work, Womens studies|
|Keywords:||Cat calling, Gender based, Mental health, Patriarchy, Street harassment, Women|
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