Personal and Social Predictors of Attitudes towards Street Harassment among Men in Pakistan

Author: Orooj Shaukat
Supervisor: Naumana Amjad, PhD
Degree: BS
Year: 2012-2016
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The study aimed to find out predictors of attitudes towards harassment among men. As the attitudes predict behavior, it is meaningful for interventions and behavior reform to investigate the factors that predict harassment. Personal factors investigated were Morality, Respect for women, libidinal impulses, Parents’ and personal religiosity and Education. Social predictors were peer group attitudes, and media watching habits. Attitudes towards harassment scale, Respect for women scale, media watching habits and demographic questionnaire was developed the researcher and found to be reliable. Other measures were taken from previous researches. The findings suggest that attitudes towards street harassment are predicted by parents’religiosity, morality, Education, peer group and media watching habits. In order to bring about some change in harassment level in public places, researchers can contribute by assessing the correlates and predictors of harassing behavior. Behavior is often determined by attitudes and beliefs. Hence this study contributes to an understanding of factors that can serve as buffer for harassment among men.

Keywords: Personal-Social Predictors, Street Harassment.
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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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