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Original Article A Study of the Perception of Sexual Role and Sexual Harassment in Workplace
Young Im Kim, Moung Soon Kim, Sook Ja Choi, Jong Ae Bai

Published online: March 31, 2001
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1Department of Health Science, Korea National Open University, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Gachongil College, Korea.
3Korea Health Industry Development Institute, Korea.
4Samyoung Electronics Company, health administrator, Korea.

The objectives of this study are first, to investigate the significant differences in the perception and attitude for sexual role of workers, second, to identify the degree of the perception of women manpower in workplace, third, to identify the perception for sexual harassment in workplace and fourth to analyze the relative important factors that effect on conception for sexual harassment. The survey data were collected by questionnaires on May 2000, and the number of subjects was 300 workers. The SAS-PC program was used for the statistical analysis such as t-test, ANOVA and regression analysis. Major results were follow as: 1. The performance rates of health education for sexual harassment was 66%, and 58.9% of the lecturer of sexual harassment eduaction was occupational health nurse. The 45.2% of workers acquired the information for sexual harassment through massive education in workplace. 2. The perception and attitude of sexual role was relatively positive as 2.3(SD=0.69) of mean values, and the difference by sex, age, marital status, and working period was significant. 3. The perception of the women manpower in workplace was generally positive as 7.9(SD=3.25) of mean values, and the working experience group of less 10 years and more 10 years old age group showed the significant difference in comparative to other group. 4. The perception of sexual harassment of workplace composed of legal basis, range of victim, place of sexual harassment, type of sexual harassment, misconception of sexual harassment, and coping methods of sexual harassment. Among of these perception, type and coping methods of sexual harassment were shown high perception level. The difference by sex between group for perception of sexual harassment was highly significant. 5. Factors that effect on the perception of sexual harassment was not high for the explanation power of regression, but the age, the type of task, the perception for women manpower were important variables. Based on this results of study, we recommend that the education of sexual harassment in workplace should be strengthened and specified according to age, working period, type of working task. It also should provide various education and information to workplace, Finally and there should be continuous education opportunity systematically to occupational health nurses who are major lecturers for sexual harassment, therefore they can educate workers more effectively.

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