2Correspondence concerning this paper should be addressed to Deborah E. Rupp, Department of Psychology and Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 603 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820. E-mail: email@example.com
Age Bias in the Workplace: The Impact of Ageism and Causal Attributions1
Article first published online: 25 MAY 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 36, Issue 6, pages 1337–1364, June 2006
How to Cite
Rupp, D. E., Vodanovich, S. J. and Credé, M. (2006), Age Bias in the Workplace: The Impact of Ageism and Causal Attributions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36: 1337–1364. doi: 10.1111/j.0021-9029.2006.00062.x
1The authors thank Rosemary Hays-Thomas, Terry Schell, Sam Mathews, as well as the editor and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments regarding this paper. They also thank research assistants Silke Holub, Seth Spain, Koren Aragaki, and Demetria Gallagher for their help with various project elements. Portions of this paper were presented at the 18th annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL, April 2002.
- Issue published online: 25 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 25 MAY 2006
This study considers the roles of managerial ageism and causal attributions in the age bias process. Specifically, we predicted that employee age and manager ageism would interact in predicting the severity of recommendations made about an employee's performance errors, such that ageist managers would be more likely to engage in age bias. Second, we proposed that age bias is caused partially by differential attributions made about the performance errors of older vs. younger workers. Results indicated that older employees received more severe recommendations for poor performance than did their younger counterparts. Also, some ageist attitudes moderated the relationship between age and performance recommendations. Stability attributions mediated the relationship of employee age on endorsement of the more punitive recommendations.