Sexual Harassment, PTSD, and Criterion A: If It Walks Like a Duck ...

Louise F. Fitzgerald, Linda L. Collinsworth, Angela K. Lawson

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Sexual harassment and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are two topics that generate heated debate in the social science literature. When the two are combined in the civil litigation context, the intensity of the debate is heightened by the adversarial context of the courts. The current paper examines research on both sexual harassment and PTSD separately, before addressing the issues that arise for psychologists and psychiatrists who serve as expert witnesses in sexual harassment litigation. Proposed resolutions of controversies are offered that attempt to expand the knowledge base for expert witnesses on the topic of sexual harassment as well as work within the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association 2000) framework of PTSD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-91
Number of pages11
JournalPsychological Injury and Law
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Expert witness
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Sexual harassment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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