Bergen Bullying Research Group

Sexual harassment: A prevalent problem in Norwegian working life

Up to this date, few studies have investigated the occurrence of sexual harassment in Norwegian working life. However, a new study from Bergen Bullying Research Group show that sexual harassment can be considered as a prevalent problem with serious consequences for those exposed.

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The findings from the study is published in the latest issue of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

Using questionnaire survey methodology, the study investigated gender differences in prevalence and effects of sexual harassment using three different estimation methods. In a representative sample of 2,349 Norwegian employees, 1.1% self-labeled as targets of sexual harassment, whereas 18.4% reported exposure to sexually harassing behaviors during the last six months. When employing latent class cluster analysis as a method for estimating prevalence of sexual harassment, 2.2% could be classified as targets of frequent harassment and 19.1% could be classified as targets of unwanted sexual attention. Although more women than men self-labeled as targets of sexual harassment, men reported the same number of sexually harassing behaviors as women. Sexual harassment was found to be significantly related to mental health problems and low job satisfaction among men and women.



Nielsen, M. B., Bjørkelo, B., Notelaers, G., & Einarsen, S. (2010). Sexual harassment: Prevalence, outcomes and gender differences assessed by three different estimation methods. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 19(3), 252-274.