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Title:Finding One's Voice: Predicting Litigation Decision Making in a Class Action Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Author(s):Wright, Caroline Vaile
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Fitzgerald, Louise F.
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Clinical
Abstract:Study One is based on a sample of female workers employed at a nationally based financial firm, who either participated in a class-action sexual harassment lawsuit against the company ("litigant" sample; n = 1,218) or decided not to participate ("non-litigant" sample; n = 465). Based on logistic regression, three variables were significant predictors of litigation initiation: organizational climate, PTSD symptomology, and primary appraisal (demoralization). Participants in Study Two (n = 492) were part of a two-year follow-up of the litigant group described in Study One. Multinomial logistic regression identified three significant predictors of litigation persistence: PTSD symptomology, financial dependence, and education level. Theoretical and practical implications for the role of these factors in predicting litigation decision making are discussed.
Issue Date:2007
Description:83 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3290433
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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