We like you, but we don't want you: the impact of pregnancy in the workplace

Masser, Barbara, Grass, Kirsten and Nesic, Michelle (2007) We like you, but we don't want you: the impact of pregnancy in the workplace. Sex Roles, 57 9-10: 703-712. doi:10.1007/s11199-007-9305-2

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Author Masser, Barbara
Grass, Kirsten
Nesic, Michelle
Title We like you, but we don't want you: the impact of pregnancy in the workplace
Journal name Sex Roles   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0360-0025
Publication date 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11199-007-9305-2
Volume 57
Issue 9-10
Start page 703
End page 712
Total pages 10
Editor J. C. Chrisler
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
380105 Social and Community Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract This study considered whether pregnant women are considered as mothers (to be) in the workplace. Working from the stereotype content model (SCM) we predicted that pregnant women would be stereotyped as warm and incompetent, and experience workplace discrimination; with these effects accentuated in masculine-type occupations. Eighty-two Australian University undergraduates evaluated a candidate who was pregnant or not for a masculine- or feminine-type short-term position. Results provided mixed support for the SCM. Across both occupations, the pregnant candidate was rated as warmer, more competent, but was discriminated against in comparison to the non-pregnant candidate. We suggest that participants may employ a shifting standard of comparison, thus highlighting a potential limitation of the usefulness of traditional SCM measures with individual targets.
Keyword Psychology, Developmental
Q-Index Code C1

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