The Impact of Sexual Harassment on Physical and Mental Health

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: March 15, 2023
Number of Pages: 66

Workplace sexual harassment, defined as unwelcome sexual conduct that interferes with one’s job and creates a hostile work environment, can occur as either a single isolated incident or repeated incidents over time. Sexual harassment includes behaviors ranging from offensive materials in the workplace to inappropriate sexual comments and touching.

Between 2018 and 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received a total of 27,291 charges alleging sexual harassment. Nearly 80% of these sexual harassment charges were filed by women and 44% of these were concurrently filed with a retaliation charge. Over this 4-year period, the EEOC recovered nearly $300 million for individuals with sexual harassment claims through resolved charge receipts and in litigation.

Over the past 20 years, researchers have accumulated a large body of evidence linking sexual harassment to a wide range of both physical as well as mental disorders. These studies have shown that women who experienced the trauma of sexual harassment were more likely to have high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Victims of sexual harassment also often experience a reduced quality of life due to diminished self-esteem and self-confidence.

The MediFocus Literature Guide to The Impact of Sexual Harassment on Physical and Mental Health is a comprehensive reference guide that captures the salient articles published in peer-reviewed journals that support the conclusion that sexual harassment is a stressor that can have both short- as well as long-term detrimental effects on a victim’s physical and mental health. The Guide includes over 80 journal article references with Abstracts and also includes FREE online access to select articles.

The Impact of Sexual Harassment on Physical and Mental Health is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 80 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 15 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique “Author Directory” consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about The Impact of Sexual Harassment on Physical and Mental Health. The “Author Directory” is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Prevalence and patterns of premenstrual disorders and possible association with sexual harassment
  • Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer, and Asexual Youth: Differential Impacts of Sexual Orientation, Verbal, Physical, or Sexual Harassment.
  • Military Sexual Trauma and Adverse Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Comorbidity in Women Veterans.
  • Work related sexual harassment and risk of suicide and suicide attempts: prospective cohort study.
  • Onset of workplace sexual harassment and subsequent depressive symptoms and incident depressive disorder in the Danish workforce.
  • Experiences of sexual harassment are associated with high self-esteem and social anxiety among adolescent girls.
  • Meaning in life following deployment sexual trauma: Prediction of posttraumatic stress symptoms, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation.
  • Examining the impact of different types of military trauma on suicidality in women veterans.
  • Sexual harassment and its relationship with depressive symptoms
  • Association of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault With Midlife Women’s Mental and Physical Health.
  • The Sexual Harassment-Suicide Connection in the U.S. Military: Contextual Effects of Hostile Work Environment and Trusted Unit Leaders.
  • Women Firefighters and Workplace Harassment: Associated Suicidality and Mental Health Sequelae.
  • Workplace sexual harassment and depressive symptoms
  • Impact of military trauma exposures on posttraumatic stress and depression in female veterans.
  • Sexual Harassment, Psychological Distress, and Problematic Drinking Behavior Among College Students
  • Recent Sexual Trauma and Adverse Health and Occupational Outcomes Among U.S. Service Women.
  • Sexual harassment in middle and high school children and effects on physical and mental health.
  • Military sexual trauma as a determinant in the development of mental and physical illness in male and female veterans.
  • The evaluation of sexual harassment litigants: reducing discrepancies in the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Cyber and bias-based harassment: associations with academic, substance use, and mental health problems.
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