Sex Roles

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 55–67

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


  • Therese Hoff Macan
    • University of Missouri
  • Julie B. Detjen
    • University of Missouri
  • Kerry L. Dickey
    • University of Missouri

DOI: 10.1007/BF01420739

Cite this article as:
Macan, T.H., Detjen, J.B. & Dickey, K.L. Sex Roles (1994) 30: 55. doi:10.1007/BF01420739


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.

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