The authors thank John Avis and Jennifer Case for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this manuscript.
The Effect of Legitimizing Explanations on Applicants’ Perceptions of Selection Assessment Fairness1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 33, Issue 10, pages 2198–2215, October 2003
How to Cite
Lahuis, D. M., Perreault, N. E. and Ferguson, M. W. (2003), The Effect of Legitimizing Explanations on Applicants’ Perceptions of Selection Assessment Fairness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33: 2198–2215. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2003.tb01881.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
This study investigated the effects of legitimizing explanations for selection test use on simulated applicants’ perceptions of fairness. The specificity of the explanation was varied. After receiving an explanation, a sample of 157 undergraduates completed 2 assessments (cognitive ability and personality), and reported their reactions to the assessments. Results indicate that for the cognitive ability assessment, general explanations increased fairness perceptions, but specific explanations did not. This relationship was fully mediated by perceptions of content and predictive validity. No effects for the personality assessment were found.