Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The duality of bias: Predictors of racially motivated Differential Test Functioning in interview evaluations
by Aiken, Juliet, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2011, 196; 3461477
Abstract (Summary)

Despite continued interest in and research on discrimination, the complex nature of the process through which it emerges has not been adequately explored. In the current study, I assessed racially-motivated Differential Test Functioning (DTF) and its drivers in an interview context. Specifically, I investigated patterns of DTF-for, DTF-against, and no DTF across three studies. Moreover, I predicted five patterns of responding using in-group belonging (rater race and ethnic identity), prejudice, and motivation to hide prejudice. Results indicate that patterns of responding indicative of DTF-against blacks, DTF-against whites, and no DTF emerged in both student and adult samples. Additionally, in-group belonging and a motivation to hide prejudice appear to predict bias-against, whereas a low in-group belonging may result in no DTF. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hanges, Paul J.
Commitee: Lissitz, Robert, Ostroff, Cheri, Wallsten, Tom, Wang, Mo
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 72/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Statistics, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Discrimination, Intergroup bias, Interview evaluations, Interviews, Item response theory, Organizational, Race
Publication Number: 3461477
ISBN: 978-1-124-74913-6
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