ERIC Number: ED193564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Relationship between Applicant Handicap and Employment Evaluations.
Farrow, Dana L.; And Others
Very little is known about discrimination against the handicapped in employment situations and the processes by which it occurs. Mature students (N=72) in personnel and behavioral science courses evaluated epileptic or non-epileptic, male or female applicants for an auto sales or receptionist position. Subjects reviewed an applicant's resume folder and rated the applicant on various scales. Subjects also attributed anticipated success or failure on the job of hired applicants to ability, effort, luck, or task difficulty. Results indicate that although health is not a determining factor in hiring or entry salary, it appears to act as a reverse bias wherein the handicapped applicant is rated higher in job-related experience, training, and knowledge of occupational area. Both sex- and job-stereotyping were apparent to some extent. The female epileptic applicant had a significantly higher probability of being hired than the other three applicants, indicating possible reverse discrimination. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).