The second author worked on this article while he was at Tulane University.
Social Discrimination in a Personnel Selection Context: The Effects of an Authority's Instruction to Discriminate and Followers' Authoritarianism1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 206–220, January 2000
How to Cite
PETERSEN, L.-E. and DIETZ, J. (2000), Social Discrimination in a Personnel Selection Context: The Effects of an Authority's Instruction to Discriminate and Followers' Authoritarianism. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30: 206–220. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2000.tb02312.x
The authors contributed equally to the study. We thank Arthur P. Brief for his suggestions on earlier versions of the manuscript.
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Social discrimination in a personnel-selection context was studied using an in-basket exercise. West German participants had to select personnel from an applicant pool that included West German applicants (in-group members) and East German applicants (out-group members). As predicted, we found a main effect for an authority's instruction to discriminate against out-group members. This main effect was, as predicted, qualified by an Instruction Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) interaction effect. Only high scorers on RWA discriminated against out-group members when instructed to do so.