Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Education and Human Services


Counseling and Educational Leadership

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Leslie Kooyman

Committee Member

Brian Carolan

Committee Member

Gloria Pierce

Committee Member

Edina Renfro-Michel


Sexual harassment in universities and colleges, Sexual harassment--Prevention, Women college students--Attitudes


This study set out to explore intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional factors among college women as predictors of intention to help in sexual harassment situations. The study included factors of race, sexual orientation, experience of sexual harassment, group or organization participation, knowing a survivor, awareness of policy, and likelihood to report harassment as ecological factors. A hierarchical multiple regression model was used to identify intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional factors as predictors of intention to help. Sexual orientation was also explored as a moderating variable. Discussion of implications for prevention educators, Title IX coordinators, and counselors is included, as well as proposed directions for future research.