Effects of #MeToo movement include health concerns, benefits

Date: Nov 13 2018

CONTACT: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

San Diego, Nov. 13, 2018 – New research presented today at the American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo revealed that the effects of the #MeToo movement include both health benefits and concerns for men and women. Many of the #MeToo health benefits and concerns surveyed were found to be more pronounced in women.

Researchers found that women reported experiencing more days feeling confident, feeling healthy and feeling full of energy. Women also reported experiencing more days feeling sad, trouble going to sleep and more days that they felt their mental health was not good.

Overall, men and women reported experiencing anger on more days. However, women were more likely to report an increased number of days feeling angry.
The study found no difference in how women or men perceived their safety and security in the workplace, in school or in other public places.

These results were collected through an online survey at North Dakota State University. Faculty, staff and students were invited to participate and share their perceived changes in health since first becoming aware of the #MeToo movement.

Assistant professor at North Dakota State University and one of the investigators for this study, Mary Larson said, “As we share the outcomes of our survey research, we think that students, faculty and staff from our campus will be interested in learning what we discovered, but we also think this work has relevance for other campus communities. We are hopeful that this work will spur future research, and, more importantly, policy, systems, environmental and educational approaches that will prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the first place. ”

This research will be presented during the APHA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, during session 4436: Intimate partner violence, sexual assault and harassment: A comprehensive perspective of the #MeToo movement.


About the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo:

APHA’s 146th Annual Meeting is themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The Annual Meeting is the largest annual gathering of public health professionals and features over a thousand presentations on the latest research and newest thinking in the public health field.

About APHA:

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a nearly 150-year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health. Learn more at www.apha.org.