Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 291–298

Impact of Applicant Disability on Selection: The Role of Disability Type, Physical Attractiveness, and Proximity

  • Sonya F. Premeaux

DOI: 10.1023/A:1011117402209

Cite this article as:
Premeaux, S.F. Journal of Business and Psychology (2001) 16: 291. doi:10.1023/A:1011117402209


A laboratory experiment contrasting disabled and non-disabled job applicants assessed the impact of disability type, physical attractiveness, and proximity of the job opening to the decision maker. Physically disabled applicants were rated higher than either non-disabled or mentally disabled applicants. However, some evidence was found of a bias against disabled applicants, particularly the mentally disabled, when the position involved was in close proximity to the decision maker.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonya F. Premeaux
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  1. 1.Department of Management, Marketing and General BusinessMcNeese State UniversityLake Charles