An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in San Diego, California, in April 2001.
Perceptions of Singles and Single Parents: A Laboratory Experiment1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 34, Issue 7, pages 1329–1352, July 2004
How to Cite
Eby, L. T., Allen, T. D., Noble, C. L. and Lockwood, A. L. (2004), Perceptions of Singles and Single Parents: A Laboratory Experiment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34: 1329–1352. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2004.tb02009.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Two hundred forty undergraduates rated their perceptions of an individual for a job requiring relocation using a 2 × 3 (Gender: Single Male, Single Female × Child: No Child, 3-Year-Old, 6-Year-Old) between-subjects experimental design. Findings indicate that single parents are perceived as having a more difficult time adjusting to a move but are also perceived to be more mature than childless singles. Single parents are also more likely to be offered a job that did not require relocation and are more likely to be awarded a merit-based stipend than childless singles. Support was also found for the hypothesized mediating role of perceptions of adjustment and maturity in understanding actions taken toward single parents. The results are discussed in terms of implications for future research and applied practice.