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Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace: 1978-1980, 1987, and 1994 (ICPSR 6893)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Merit Systems Protection Board


This collection consists of three separate surveys undertaken to assess the extent of sexual harassment within the federal government. The records in each file contain responses to a mail survey on sexual harassment in the federal workplace from a disproportionately stratified sample. Each record contains reactions to a series of statements about the respondent's workplace, such as "I feel free to bring up general work-related concerns or suggestions to my immediate supervisor." Other data gathered include attitudes regarding sexual behavior that can happen at work, how the respondent defined sexual harassment, opinions on remedies that could reduce sexual harassment, descriptions of and actions taken in response to specific incidents of sexual harassment, and information about whether the respondent had been accused of sexually harassing others. Additional information includes respondent's work schedule, working hours, number of coworkers, number of supervisors, and gender of supervisors. Demographic variables include race, age, marital status, sex, and level of education.

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DS1:  1978-1980 Data - Download All Files (9.528 MB)
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DS2:  1987 Data - Download All Files (6.509 MB)
DS3:  1994 Data - Download All Files (6.354 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE FEDERAL WORKPLACE: 1978-1980, 1987, and 1994. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06893.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06893.v1

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Scope of Study

Universe:    Civilian employees with a workplace in the executive branch of the United States federal government and under the blanket jurisdiction of the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebooks are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Sample:    Disproportionately stratified random sample of civilian employees.

Data Source:

mail survey


Original ICPSR Release:   1997-09-26

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