Featured Study: Sexual Harassment, Racial Harassment and Well-Being Among Asian-American Women: An Intersectional Approach
Harassment of Asian American (AA) women has received little attention in popular culture and academic research despite their long legacy of sexualized racial stereotyping (e.g., Geisha, sexually submissive; Shimizu, 2007) and additional risk of mistreatment due to their membership in both marginalized gender and racial groups (Beale, 1970; Settles & Buchanan, 2014).
Summary of Findings
Supported Previous Research
Our results replicated previous research indicating that participants often reported experiencing behaviors that constitute harassment, but did not label them as such.
Connection Between Harassment and Health
We examined the associations between these forms of harassment and two indicators of psychological well-being, depression, and post-traumatic stress (PTS).
Theoretical and Clinical Reasoning for Intersectional Lens
This study supports the utility of including both sexual and racial harassment in providing a more nuanced understanding of AA women’s harassment experiences overall and the relationship of harassment to psychological well-being.
Experiences and Outcomes of Sexual Harassment Among Black Women
- Woods, K. C., Buchanan, N. T., & Settles, I. H. (2009). Sexual harassment across the color line: Experiences and outcomes of cross- vs. intra-racial sexual harassment among Black women.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,15, 67-76.
- Buchanan, N. T. & Fitzgerald, L. F. (2008). The effects of racial and sexual harassment on work and the psychological well-being of African American women.  Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 13(2), 137-151.
- Buchanan, N. T., Settles, I. H., & Woods, K. C. (2008). Comparing sexual harassment subtypes for Black and White women: Double jeopardy, the Jezebel, and the cult of true womanhood.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 347-361.
- Rederstorff, J. C., Buchanan, N. T., & Settles, I. H. (2007). The moderating roles of race and gender role attitudes in the relationship between sexual harassment and psychological well-being.
- Buchanan, N. T. (2005). The nexus of race and gender domination: The racialized sexual harassment of African American women. In P. Morgan & J. Gruber (Eds.), In the Company of Men: Re-Discovering the Links between Sexual Harassment and Male Domination (pp. 294-320). Boston: Northeastern University Press.
Experiences and Help Seeking Strategies Among Asian Americans
- Kim, D., Um, M., Cho, H., Lee, E., Chun, J., & Chang, H. (2019). Factors associated with types of sexual assault victimization and bystander behavior among South Korean university students. Violence and Victims, 34(6). 952-971. (IF = 0.82).
- Cho, H., Choi, Y. J., Choi, G. Y., Bae, J., & Seon, J. (2019). Social policies and services for survivors of domestic violence in South Korea. International Social Work, 62, 1358-1370. (IF = 0.910).
- Cho, H., Kim, I., & Velez-Ortiz, D. (2014). Factors associated with mental health service use among Latino and Asian Americans. Community Mental Health Journal, 50(8), 960-967.
- Cho, H., Velez-Ortiz, D. & Parra-Cardona, J. R. (2014). Prevalence of intimate partner violence and associated risk factors among Latinos/as: An exploratory study with three Latino sub-populations. Violence Against Women, 20(9), 1041-1058.
- Cho, H. (2012). Use of mental health services among Asian and Latino victims of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 18(4), 404-419.
- Cho, H., & Kim, W. (2012). Intimate partner violence among Asian Americans and their use of mental health services: Comparisons with White, Black, and Latino victims. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14(5), 809-815. doi: 10.1007/s10903-012-9625-3.
- Cho, H. (2012). Intimate partner violence among Asian Americans: Risk factor differences across ethnic subgroups. Journal of Family Violence, 27(3), 215-224.
- Cho, H., & Kim, W. (2012). Racial differences in satisfaction with mental health services among victims of intimate partner violence. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(1), 84-90. doi: 10.1007/s10597-011-9398-5