Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Do Safety-related Fields Change Organizational Attractiveness and Job Pursuit Intentions When Drug-testing for Selection?
by Feole, Meghan, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 56; 10685553
Abstract (Summary)

Drug-testing for employment is still a controversial topic decades after being widely implemented by organizations as experts on both sides of the debate cite ethical and legal concerns among others. The public’s attitudes toward drug-testing, specifically Organizational Attractiveness (OA) and Job Pursuit Intentions (JPI), have predominantly been negative, although when there is a safety element to the job the view towards drug screening is more positive. The aim of this study was to examine if attitudes changed if safety-related jobs were involved. The participants were 106 students at a Midwestern university. Participants took either a pencil and paper or an online version of the survey, both which included job ads and follow up questionnaires testing OA, JPI, and attitudes toward drug-use. A 2x2 MANOVA found that participants had more OA toward organizations that did not drug-test for employment that toward those that did. Other hypotheses were not supported. Opportunities for additional research and possible limitations of the study are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Daus, Catherine
Commitee: Bartels, Lynn, Nadler, Joel
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior
Keywords: Attitudes toward drug testing, Drug testing, Job pursuit intentions, Organization attraction, Organizational attractiveness, Safety fields
Publication Number: 10685553
ISBN: 9780355912272
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