Ambivalent Sexism and Applicant Evaluations: Effects on Ambiguous Applicants

Ambivalent Sexism and Applicant Evaluations: Effects on Ambiguous Applicants The purpose of the current research was to evaluate how gender stereotypes and sexist attitudes affect responses to hypothetical job applicants. In Study 1 (N = 93) undergraduate and graduate students in the Southwestern USA evaluated a male, female, or gender-ambiguous resume. They also completed the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory (ASI; Glick and Fiske 1996). Hypotheses were tested using ANOVA. Results suggested that participants who expressed more hostile sexist attitudes evaluated the gender-ambiguous applicant more negatively than a male or female applicant. In Study 2 (N = 117), graduate and undergraduate participants were asked to indicate the gender of the ambiguous applicant. Those who scored high on hostile sexism, and perceived a gender-ambiguous applicant to be male, provided the most favorable evaluations. Sex Roles Springer Journals

Ambivalent Sexism and Applicant Evaluations: Effects on Ambiguous Applicants

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Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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