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.
|Advisor:||Hanges, Paul J.|
|Commitee:||Lissitz, Robert, Ostroff, Cheri, Wallsten, Tom, Wang, Mo|
|School:||University of Maryland, College Park|
|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|
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