Unwanted Workplace Experiences in the Military: Issues Affecting Measurement of Patterns and Prevalence of Sexual Harassment
DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INST PATRICK AFB FL Patrick AFB United States
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The purpose of this study is to analyze a new module included in the Department of Defense DoD, Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey DEOCS, Version 4.1. The new module was designed to identify unwanted workplace experiences that could constitute sexual harassment. The set of questions provide a more parsimonious measurement approach to that used in other DoD surveys while expanding on the single question approach used in earlier version of the DEOCS. There are three primary objectives 1. determine if responses to this subscale appear to be valid, 2. assess whether this subscale is suitable for deriving prevalence estimates of sexual harassment, and 3. identify potential risk factors. Favorable measurement properties tied to internal consistency and dimensionality of the items appear to be offset by lower than expected prevalence estimates. However, the patterns of findings may prove valuable for identifying unit-level climates that increase or decrease the likelihood of individual experiences of sexual harassment.
- Statistics and Probability
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations