This research was part of a doctoral dissertation completed by the first author with the direction of the second author. Funding was provided by the Department of Psychology and Office of Research Services at Bowling Green State University. Portions of the research were presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, 1994. The authors wish to thank Annmarie Ryan, Charles J. Cranny, and two anonymous reviewers for their comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.
The Impact of Participant Characteristics, Perceived Motives, and Job Behaviors on Co-Workers' Evaluations of Workplace Romances1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 7, pages 577–595, April 1996
How to Cite
Brown, T. J. and Allgeier, E. R. (1996), The Impact of Participant Characteristics, Perceived Motives, and Job Behaviors on Co-Workers' Evaluations of Workplace Romances. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26: 577–595. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1996.tb02732.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Using a policy capturing approach, we examined the importance that observers placed on 7 different factors when evaluating workplace romances. Nearly half the explained variation in observers' evaluations of workplace romances was accounted for by participants' marital status. Participants' organizational status relative to one another was also important in explaining the variation. A series of nomothetic analyses indicated that workplace romance participants' marital status, academic status, motive for entry into the relationship, and job performance affected observers' evaluations of these relationships. Observers' level of prior involvement in a workplace romance was also significantly related to a number of variables. Results suggest that when evaluating workplace romances, observers place the greatest importance on the personal characteristics of participants. Ramifications for policy formation are discussed.