Title

How Does Obesity Influence Employment?

Date

5-29-2014 2:00 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 4:00 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The hypothesis of this study was that obese individuals are less likely to get hired for a high contact work position than non-obese individuals. Participants were 20 female and 10 male students, who majored in Psychology, with a mean age of 23 years (SD = 2). Using a between subjects design, participants were randomly assigned to read a personal description about either obese applicant or non-obese applicant. Then, they rated the likelihood of hiring an applicant on a 7 point scale. Participants were less likely to hire the obese applicant compared to the non-obese applicant.

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May 29th, 2:00 PM May 29th, 4:00 PM

How Does Obesity Influence Employment?

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

The hypothesis of this study was that obese individuals are less likely to get hired for a high contact work position than non-obese individuals. Participants were 20 female and 10 male students, who majored in Psychology, with a mean age of 23 years (SD = 2). Using a between subjects design, participants were randomly assigned to read a personal description about either obese applicant or non-obese applicant. Then, they rated the likelihood of hiring an applicant on a 7 point scale. Participants were less likely to hire the obese applicant compared to the non-obese applicant.