Sexual Experiences Questionnaire-Workplace (SEQ-W)

The Sexual Experiences Questionnaire-Workplace (SEQ-W) measure is a 17-item measure designed to assess the frequency of sexual harassment that women experience while at work. This measure is a revised version of the Sexual Experiences Questionnaire. It includes three dimensions of workplace sexual harassment: gender harassment, unwanted sexual attention, and sexual coercion.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adults


Have you ever been in a situation where a supervisor or coworker (gave youattempted tomadewas found)...

Subscale: Gender harassment
1. … told suggestive stories
2. … made crude sexual remarks
3. … made offensive remarks
4. … displayed offensive materials
5. … made sexist comments

Subscale: Unwanted sexual attention
6. … attempted to discuss sex
7. … unwanted sexual attention
8. … staring, leering at you
9. … attempts to establish a sexual relationship
10. … repeated requests for drinks, dinner, despite rejection
11. … touching in a way that made you feel uncomfortable
12. … attempts to stroke or fondle

Subscale: Sexual coercion
13. … subtly bribed you
14. … subtly threatened you
15. … made it necessary to cooperate to be well treated
16. … made you afraid of poor treatment if you didn't cooperate
17. … experienced consequences for refusing

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale of frequency.

Scoring Procedures

The sum of each subscale is calculated and then weighted by the frequency of each of the events.

Original Citation

Fitzgerald, L. F., Gelfand, M. J., & Drasgow, F. (1995). Measuring Sexual Harassment: Theoretical and Psychometric Advances. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 17(4), 425-445.

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