The Psychological Climate for Sexual Harassment (PCSH) Questionnaire

Author of Tool: 

Estrada, A. X., Olson, K. J., Harbke, C. R. & Berggren, A. W. (2011).

Key references: 

Estrada, A. X., Olson, K. J., Harbke, C. R. & Berggren, A. W. (2011). Evaluating a Brief Scale Measuring Psychological Climate for Sexual Harassment, Military Psychology, 23(4), 410-432.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Psychological Climate for Sexual Harassment (PCSH) Questionnaire is a 9-item inventory rated on 5 point Likert-type scale. Its purpose is to measure the psychological climate as it might relate to, and encourage, sexual harassment.

Background: 

Research has indicated that a key predictor of sexual harassment in the workplace is the degree to which it is perceived as permissible. Scales have been developed to measure this 'climate of permissibility' within the workplace but they suffer from limitations; namely, they are often too cumbersome and impractical, or atheoretical in nature. Most importantly, existing research had not examined the 'psychological climate' around sexual harassment; instead, it had focused mainly on persons' experiences of harassment while ignoring possible situational triggers. These limitations were addressed in Estrada, Olson, Harbke, & Berggren (2011) through the development of the Psychological Climate for Sexual Harassment (PCSH) which is a brief and accurate measure of the 'psychological climate' in relation to sexual harassment.

Psychometrics: 

The psychometric properties of the Psychological Climate for Sexual Harassment (PCSH) Questionnaire are discussed in Estrada, Olson, Harbke, & Berggren (2011)

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