Table 1.

Original Text of and Changes Made to the Sexual Experiences Questionnaire Published in Kearney21

ItemDeleted/Modified/
NumberOriginal TextMaintained?Not ModifiedModified TextComments
Initial 2 items:Have you ever been sexually harassed while at the university? YES or NOHow were you harassed?DeletedN/AThese items were excluded in favor of our own open-ended items probing this issue.
1habitually told suggestive stories or offensive jokes?DeletedN/AThis item was deleted because it is redundant with item 3.
2made unwanted attempts to draw you into discussion of personal or sexual matters (eg, attempted to discuss or comment on your sex life)?MaintainedNot modified
3made crude and offensive sexual remarks, either publicly (eg, in the office) or to you privately?MaintainedNot modified
4treated you “differently” because of your sex (eg, mistreated, slighted, or ignored you)?MaintainedModifiedput you down, mistreated, slighted, ignored, or was condescending towards you because of your sex?Combined text from items 4 and 9; all behaviors by which one could be treated differently because of sex were combined into one item. “Treated you ‘differently’” was deleted and “because of your sex” was retained to create one item from two redundant items.
5gave you unwanted sexual attention?MaintainedNot modified
6displayed, used, or distributed sexist or suggestive materials (eg, pictures, stories, or pornography)?MaintainedNot modified
7frequently made sexist remarks (eg, suggesting that women are too emotional to be scientists or that men should not be the primary caretakers of children because they are not nurturing)?MaintainedModifiedmade sexist remarks (eg, suggesting that women are too emotional to be scientists or that men should not be the primary caretakers of children)?“Frequently” was deleted because it was redundant with the response options, while “because they are not nurturing” was deleted to shorten the item as the phrase is superfluous.
8attempted to establish a romantic relationship with you despite your efforts to discourage this person?DeletedN/AThis item is redundant with item 10, and item 10 is the more precisely worded of the two items.
9“put you down” or was condescending to you because of your sex?DeletedN/ACombined with item 4.
10has continued to ask you for a date, drinks, dinner, etc, even though you have said “no”?MaintainedModifiedcontinued to ask you for a date, drinks, dinner, etc, even though you have said “no”?Deleted the auxiliary verb has.
11made you feel like you were being subtly bribed with some sort of reward or special treatment to engage in sexual behavior?MaintainedModifiedmade you feel like you were being subtly bribed with some sort of reward (eg, faster promotion) or special treatment to engage in sexual behavior?Combined text from items 11 and 16; item 16 was used an example within item 11 as the two items were redundant.
12made you feel subtly threatened with some sort of retaliation for not being sexually cooperative (eg, the mention of an upcoming evaluation, review, etc)?MaintainedModifiedmade you feel subtly threatened with some sort of retaliation for not being sexually cooperative (eg, the mention of an upcoming evaluation or review, or implying you would be treated poorly)?Combined text from items 12 and 18 and added text by the authors; item 18 was used as an example within item 12, with which it was redundant; “or” was added twice and “implying” was inserted to make the combination make more sense.
13touched you (eg, laid a hand on your bare arm, put an arm around your shoulders) in a way that made you feel uncomfortable?MaintainedModifiedmade unwanted and uncomfortable attempts to touch, stroke, or fondle you (eg, touching your arm or hand, stroking your leg or neck, etc)?Combined text from items 13 and 14 as both are about unwelcome/uncomfortable touching and added text by the authors to better combine the items.
14made unwanted attempts to stroke or fondle you (eg, stroking your legs or neck, etc.)?DeletedN/ACombined with item 13.
15made unwanted attempts to have sex with you that resulted in you pleading, crying, or physically struggling?MaintainedNot modified
16implied faster promotion or better treatment if you were sexually cooperative?DeletedN/ACombined with item 11.
17made it necessary for you to respond positively to sexual or social invitations in order to be well-treated on the job or at school?MaintainedModifiedmade it necessary for you to respond positively to sexual or social invitations in order to be well-treated on the job?The words “or at school” were deleted.
18made you afraid you would be treated poorly if you didn’t cooperate sexually?DeletedN/ACombined with item 12.
19treated you badly for refusing to have sex?MaintainedNot modified
  • Notes: Response options for this study were “never,” “1 or 2 times in my career,” “sometimes in my career,” “often in my career,” and “very often in my career.” Response options for the original Kearney Sexual Experiences Questionnaire were “never,” “once,” “sometimes,” “often,” and “very often.” Gender harassment was assessed by items 1-4, 6-7, and 9; unwanted sexual attention by items 5, 8, 10, and 13-14; and sexual coercion by items 11-12 and 15-19.