Sexual harassment: issues for forensic psychiatrists

Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1992;20(4):409-18.


The number of civil lawsuits related to sexual harassment is increasing. The author bases this paper on her experience as an expert witness in 28 sexual harassment cases over the last 10 years. She delineates the psychological and legal issues about which forensic psychiatrists may be consulted. These include issues related to helping a jury determine the veracity of the complaints of harassment, the psychological effects of the harassment, the prognosis, and the treatment for women who have been harassed. The author gives examples of cases where psychiatric testimony was given to help in the decision making about damages related to the psychological effects of sexual harassment.

MeSH terms

  • Employee Grievances / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Employee Performance Appraisal / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry*
  • Humans
  • Sexual Harassment / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Social Environment