Age bias in selection decisions: The role of facial appearance and fitness impressions

Kaufmann, Michèle C.; Krings, Franciska; Zebrowitz, Leslie A.; Sczesny, Sabine (2017). Age bias in selection decisions: The role of facial appearance and fitness impressions. Frontiers in psychology, 8(2065), pp. 1-14. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02065

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This research examined the impact of facial age appearance on hiring, and impressions of fitness as the underlying mechanism. In two experimental hiring simulations, one with lay persons and one with Human Resource professionals, participants evaluated a chronologically older or younger candidate (as indicated by date of birth and age label) with either younger or older facial age appearance (as indicated by a photograph). In both studies, older-looking candidates received lower hireability ratings, due to less favorable fitness impressions. In addition, Study 1 showed that this age bias was reduced when the candidates provided counter-stereotypic information about their fitness. Study 2 showed that facial age-based discrimination is less prevalent in jobs with less costumer contact (e.g., back office).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Kaufmann, Michèle and Sczesny, Sabine

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1664-1078

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Irène Gonce-Gyr

Date Deposited:

19 Apr 2018 14:58

Last Modified:

29 Oct 2019 04:19

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02065

PubMed ID:

29276492

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.114317

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/114317

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