Perceptions of Veteran and Previously Homeless Employability

The present study sought to explore the effects of implicit attitudes on the employability of veterans, previously homeless individuals, and previously homeless veterans. Trend effects revealed veterans were perceived as less dedicated, but better able to handle stress. Previously homeless veterans were given longer occupational probation periods and were paid significantly less by female participants, regardless of being rated as more approachable than non-homeless veterans. Overall, despite the outward expression of positive qualities, the imbalanced pay and longer occupational probation periods support that implicit biases exist and likely result in workplace inequality. 

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Spalding University
United States