The Relationship Between Personality and Peers’ Judgments of the Appropriateness of Accommodations for Individuals With Disabilities1


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    The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on this article. The first and third authors were at Texas A&M University when this article was accepted for publication.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to María Fernanda García, Department of Marketing and Management, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968. E-mail:


The purpose of this research was to provide a preliminary evaluation of how the personality characteristics of peers, as defined by the 5-factor model of personality, explained their judgments of the appropriateness of accommodations given to disabled persons. We hypothesized that both agreeableness and openness to experience would be related positively to judgments of appropriateness and that conscientiousness would be related negatively. We also hypothesized that personality dimensions would interact with disability and accommodation types in determining judgments of appropriateness. We obtained partial support for our hypotheses in that the interactions of Disability × Accommodation × Agreeableness as well as Disability × Accommodation × Openness to Experience were significant, although the personality dimensions themselves did not produce significant results.