Black applicants' reactions to affirmative action plans: Effects of plan content and previous experience with discrimination

Jerel E. Slaughter, Evan F. Sinar, Peter D. Bachiochi

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of plan content and previous experience with discrimination on Black respondents' reactions to affirmative action plans. Black engineering students (N = 1,173) were randomly assigned to 1 of 6 plans implemented by a hypothetical organization and were asked to provide ratings of perceived fairness and intention to pursue a position at the organization. There were significant effects of plan content on perceived fairness and job pursuit intentions. Perceived fairness mediated the effect of content on intentions. Furthermore, previous experience with discrimination interacted with content to affect intentions. Individuals who had experienced relatively more discrimination in the workplace reported stronger intentions to pursue a position at an organization whose plan specified special training opportunities for minorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-344
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume87
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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