ArticlesSexual Harassment in Healthcare Classification of Harassers and Rationalizations of Sex-based Harassment BehaviorMadison, Jeanne PhD, RN; Minichiello, Victor PhDAuthor Information Author affiliation: School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. Corresponding author: Dr Jeanne Madison, School of Health, University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351 Australia ([email protected]) JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: November 2001 - Volume 31 - Issue 11 - p 534-543 Buy Abstract This study identified how 16 Australian registered nurses classified sex-based harassers and explained their own behavior and the behavior of the harasser. A qualitative research design, relying on in-depth interviews, was used to collect the data. The study found that harassment is linked to gender roles and that the harassed are reluctant to blame the harasser—the harassed had “sound” rationalizations for harassment. Awareness of the interactional dynamics of self-blame and these rationalizations will help nurse executives ensure a harassment-free workplace. © 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.