Stereotype threat among older employees: relationship with job attitudes and turnover intentions

von Hippel, Courtney, Kalokerinos, Elise K. and Henry, Julie D. (2013) Stereotype threat among older employees: relationship with job attitudes and turnover intentions. Psychology and Aging, 28 1: 17-27. doi:10.1037/a0029825


Author von Hippel, Courtney
Kalokerinos, Elise K.
Henry, Julie D.
Title Stereotype threat among older employees: relationship with job attitudes and turnover intentions
Journal name Psychology and Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0882-7974
1939-1498
Publication date 2013-03
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0029825
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 27
Total pages 11
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Stereotype threat, or the belief that one may be the target of demeaning stereotypes, leads to acute performance decrements and reduced psychological well-being. The current research examined stereotype threat among older employees, a group that is the target of many negative stereotypes. Study 1 surveyed older workers in two different organizations regarding their experiences of stereotype threat, their job attitudes and work mental health, and their intentions to resign or retire. Across both samples, feelings of stereotype threat were related to more negative job attitudes and poorer work mental health. In turn, these negative job attitudes were associated with intentions to resign and (possibly) retire. In Study 2, younger and older employees were surveyed. The results indicated that only for older employees were feelings of stereotype threat negatively related to job attitudes, work mental health, and intentions to resign. The implications of these findings for understanding job attitudes and intentions among older workers are discussed.
Keyword Stereotype threat
Older employees
Job attitudes
Retirement intentions
Turnover
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Online first: 27 August 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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