Sex Roles

, Volume 46, Issue 7, pp 215–226

The Effects of the Structured Interview on Reducing Biases Against Pregnant Job Applicants


  • Jennifer DeNicolis Bragger
    • Department of PsychologyMontclair State University
  • Eugene Kutcher
    • Montclair State University
  • John Morgan
    • Montclair State University
  • Patricia Firth
    • Montclair State University

DOI: 10.1023/A:1019967231059

Cite this article as:
Bragger, J.D., Kutcher, E., Morgan, J. et al. Sex Roles (2002) 46: 215. doi:10.1023/A:1019967231059


Some research has been conducted on the discrimination faced by pregnant women in the workplace. Few studies, however, have specifically investigated how this bias is manifested in employment or hiring decisions. The current study was designed to examine possible bias during structured interviews. Participants watched a videotaped scenario in which candidates were interviewed for a job. The 2 × 2 × 2 experimental conditions were varied to represent a structured or an unstructured interview, a pregnant or nonpregnant interviewee, and the open position of either a high school teacher or sales representative. Results indicate an overall bias against pregnant women and suggested that the structured interview reduces this bias.

pregnant womendiscriminationbiashiring decisions

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