Sexual Harassment in Social Work Field Placements: Prevalence and Characteristics

Carrie A. Moylan, Leila Wood

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Addressing sexual harassment in educational environments is integral for Title IX compliance; however, there are few estimates of prevalence of the phenomenon in social work’s signature pedagogy, field education. A survey of 515 bachelor of social work and master of social work students revealed that 55% of participants had experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment on the Sexual Experiences Questionnaire. Those participants who were younger, Latina/Hispanic, or in a committed relationship were more likely to report harassment. The most common perpetrators were other staff at the field placement and clients. Implications for social work education and practice are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-417
Number of pages13
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • educational quality/equity
  • field education
  • gender-based violence
  • sexism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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