Opinion of headhunters about the ability of strabismic subjects to obtain employment

Mojon-Azzi, Stefania Margherita; Mojon, Daniel Stéphane (2007). Opinion of headhunters about the ability of strabismic subjects to obtain employment. Ophthalmologica, 221(6), pp. 430-3. Basel: Karger 10.1159/000107506

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BACKGROUND: Through the opinion of Swiss headhunters, we wanted to determine the influence of strabismus on the ability to obtain employment. METHODS: Out of 31 randomly selected Swiss headhunters, 20 could be interviewed using a validated questionnaire. RESULTS: Forty-seven percent of the headhunters judged that strabismic subjects have more difficulties in obtaining a job. Gender has no influence on discrimination (p > 0.1). Asked about six facial disfigurements, strabismus was found to have the second largest negative impact on employment directly after acne. Strabismus was estimated to decrease the attractiveness of job applicants (p < 0.0001) and to have a negative impact on the overall judgment of a potential employer (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Visible strabismus influences negatively the ability to obtain a job. Because of its impact on the employability of a person, we believe that strabismus surgery in adults cannot be considered to be only a beautifying procedure.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ophthalmology

UniBE Contributor:

Mojon, Daniel Stéphane

ISSN:

0030-3755

ISBN:

17947833

Publisher:

Karger

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:05

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1159/000107506

PubMed ID:

17947833

Web of Science ID:

000250309500012

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/28257 (FactScience: 119033)

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