Reactions to Interviewers with a Physical Disability


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Abstract

This study was designed to further investigate reactions by persons to interviewers who have an apparent physical disability and the role that their physical appearance plays. One hundred and sixty college students (80 females and 80 males) enrolled in introductory psychology classes were individually interviewed by a male or female interviewer under one of four conditions: (1) a formally dressed interviewer; (2) a casually dressed interviewer; (3) a formally dressed interviewer with an apparent physical disability; or (4) a casually dressed interviewer with an apparent physical disability. The major finding was that subjects consistently rated the interviewer with an apparent physical disability more favorably on a variety of personal characteristics. Alternative suggestions are offered for interpreting the results.

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