Sex and worker acceptance of a former mental patient

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Continues a series of studies measuring the acceptance accorded to former mental patients. The procedure was to send a confederate in the guise of a job applicant to be evaluated by a worker already on the job. The 12 male workers were told either that the female applicant was an ex-mental patient or that she was an ordinary applicant, and for each condition the confederate was calm for half of the Ss and nervous for the rest. The studies show that women are more accepting of former patients than men and that men are more accepting of female than male ex-patients. Nervous applicants were rejected by workers of both sexes. (17 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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