Harassment in the workplace and the victimization of men

Violence Vict. 1997 Fall;12(3):247-63.


Harassment and victimization among male workers were studied in a sample of 460 industrial workers, supervisors and managers within a Norwegian marine engineering industry. The results indicated that aggression and harassment are significant problems in this organizational setting. On a weekly basis, 7% of the men reported being subjected to at least one of the following behaviors from coworkers or supervisors: ridicule and insulting teasing, verbal abuse, rumors and gossips spread about themselves, offending remarks, recurring reminders on blunders, hostility or silence when entering a conversation, or the devaluing of one's effort and work. As many as 22% reported being subjected to one or more of these acts at least monthly. Although such acts and conducts are common and experienced by most organization members now and then, they may significantly impair psychological health and well-being as well as overall job satisfaction when occurring consistently and systematically. Significant correlations were found between exposure to harassment and both job satisfaction and psychological health and well-being. Strong correlations were found between exposure to harassment and dissatisfaction with co-worker interaction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Crime Victims
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Epidemiological Monitoring
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Personnel / statistics & numerical data*
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Sexual Harassment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Social Behavior*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires