International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
  

Volume 19 Num. 3 - October 2019

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Using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) to Investigate Attractiveness Bias in the Domain of Employability

Volume 19 Num. 3 - October 2019 - Pages 353-364

Authors:

Margaret Was , Mairéad Foody , Carol Murphy

Abstract:

Volume 19, 3, 2019. To be published October 1st 2019
Attractiveness bias is a robust finding in social domains, but the data is less clear regarding attractiveness bias in other domains including employability. The Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) was used to investigate implicit attractiveness bias favouring employability for attractive versus unattractive facial image stimuli with a sample of university students (N= 35; 25 Females). The IRAPs four trial-type methodology facilitated a nuanced analysis to determine if participant data showed pro-attractive bias, anti-attractive bias, some combination of both, or no evidence of any such bias. A pro-attractive bias was found in D-scores on three of the four IRAP trial-types. Results from an explicit Beliefs About Appearance Scale (BAAS; Spangler, 1999) showed high ratings for the importance of appearance for employability across both genders with no statistically significant gender impact. Findings extend extant research providing nuanced data about implicit attractiveness bias beyond social domains in the important area of employability.
Key words: IRAP, attractiveness bias, employability, BAAS.

How to cite this paper: Was M, Foody M, & Murphy C (2019). Using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) to Investigate Attractiveness Bias in the Domain of Employability. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 19, 3, 353-364

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Key words:

IRAP, attractiveness bias, employability, BAAS

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