Sex Roles

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 55-67

First online:

Measures of job perceptions: Gender and age of current incumbents, suitability, and job attributes

  • Therese Hoff MacanAffiliated withUniversity of Missouri
  • , Julie B. DetjenAffiliated withUniversity of Missouri
  • , Kerry L. DickeyAffiliated withUniversity of Missouri

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Two ways of examining the gender and age stereotypes of jobs, characteristics of current incumbents and potential suitability, were compared. Female (n = 70) and male (n = 66) college students, predominantly Caucasian ranging in age from 18 to 57 years, provided their gender and age perceptions for 58 jobs. Although the two concepts have not been clearly distinguished in the literature, they are conceptually and (as found here) empirically distinct. The important roles of current incumbents, suitability, and job attribute perceptions for discrimination research are presented.