Evil Thoughts But Angelic Actions: Responses to Overweight Job Applicants

Evil Thoughts But Angelic Actions: Responses to Overweight Job Applicants Quantitative and content analyses were performed to test the hypothesis that the lack‐of‐fit model (Heilman, 1983) could provide the needed theoretical framework for organizational obesity discrimination. A computer morphing program allowed for the same stimulus applicant to be used in both the average‐weight and the overweight conditions. Results of the quantitative analysis show that undergraduate participants perceived overweight (vs. average‐weight) applicants as having more negative work‐related attributes, but did not discriminate against them in the hiring process. A content analysis provided some evidence for the lack‐of‐fit model (Heilman, 1983) as an explanatory model for obesity discrimination. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Applied Social Psychology Wiley

Evil Thoughts But Angelic Actions: Responses to Overweight Job Applicants

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0021-9029
eISSN
1559-1816
DOI
10.1111/j.1559-1816.2001.tb02655.x
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Abstract

Quantitative and content analyses were performed to test the hypothesis that the lack‐of‐fit model (Heilman, 1983) could provide the needed theoretical framework for organizational obesity discrimination. A computer morphing program allowed for the same stimulus applicant to be used in both the average‐weight and the overweight conditions. Results of the quantitative analysis show that undergraduate participants perceived overweight (vs. average‐weight) applicants as having more negative work‐related attributes, but did not discriminate against them in the hiring process. A content analysis provided some evidence for the lack‐of‐fit model (Heilman, 1983) as an explanatory model for obesity discrimination.

Journal

Journal of Applied Social PsychologyWiley

Published: May 1, 2001

References

  • Perceived and actual discrimination in the salaries of male and female managers
    Frieze, Frieze; Olson, Olson; Good, Good
  • Stereotypes of obese female job applicants
    Rothblum, Rothblum; Miller, Miller; Garbutt, Garbutt
  • Attitudes versus actions: The relationship of verbal and overt behavioral responses to attitude objects
    Wicker, Wicker

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