Psychological Climate for Sexual Harassment (PCSH)

The Psychological Climate for Sexual Harassment (PCSH) is a 9-item measure which assesses individual-level perceptions of the risks associated with reporting a sexual harassment episode, the seriousness with which a complaint would be addressed, and the likelihood that actions would be taken in response to the complaint.


Geographies Tested: Sweden

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adults


1. It would be risky for me to file a sexual harassment complaint.
2. A sexual harassment complaint would not be taken seriously.
3. A sexual harassment complaint would be thoroughly investigated.
4. I would feel comfortable reporting a sexual harassment complaint at my current duty station.
5. Sexual harassment is not tolerated at my current duty station.
6. Individuals who sexually harass others get away with it.
7. I would be afraid to file a sexual harassment complaint.
8. Penalties against individuals who sexually harass others at work are strongly enforced.
9. Actions are being taken to prevent sexual harassment.

Items 1, 2, 6 and 7 are reverse scored.

Response Options:
Items are presented in Likert-type format with a scale ranging from Strongly disagree=1, to Strongly agree=5.

Scoring Procedures

Scale scores are computed by reverse scoring appropriate items and averaging across items, with higher scores indicating a greater intolerance of sexual harassment; mean scores range from 1 to 5.

Original Citation

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. doi: 10.1080/08995605.2011.589353

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