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Age Discrimination: Prejudice Suppression in the Selection Process
by Morr, Rosey, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 64; 1590420
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the present stud is to focus on applying two theoretical models, the justification-suppression model and the role congruity theory, to age discrimination in selection occupational decision-making. Participants from varying age demographics evaluated either stereotype-confirming or stereotype-disconfirming Facebook interests of candidates who are applying for a fictitious job opening. The results supported the role congruity theory in that candidates were rated lower on likability ratings when their Facebook interests were congruent with the stereotypical interests of the candidates’ respective age groups. However, there were no significant differences supporting the justification-suppression model in that perceptions of candidates did not differ in hirability ratings, regardless of their observable Facebook interests. However, the hirability ratings overall decreased after participants viewed Facebook profiles, regardless of the congruence of interests to their stereotypical interests. These results suggest that the presence of Facebook profiles as well as displaying atypical interests regarding respective age groups can result in negative perceptions of likeability or hirability ratings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nadler, Joel T.
Commitee: Bartels, Lynn, Nordstrom, Cynthia
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aging, Psychology, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Ageism, Justification suppression model, Mechanical turk, Role congruity theory, Stereotypes
Publication Number: 1590420
ISBN: 978-1-321-79803-6
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