Job analysis results as influenced by sex of incumbent and sex of analyst

Richard D. Arvey, Emily M. Passino, John W. Lounsbury

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22 male and 35 female undergraduate and 1st-yr graduate students were given preliminary training on the use of the Position Analysis Questionnaire (PAQ). Subsequently, they used this job analysis instrument to rate the job of administrative assistant presented through a verbal narrative and color slide stimulus format. While all other factors remained constant in the job stimulus conditions depicted, sex of the job incumbent was manipulated by using male and female figures matched on attractiveness and voice quality. ANOVA results indicate that although sex of the job incumbent did not influence the PAQ scores, sex of the analyst showed a marginal but consistent effect. Female analysts gave relatively lower PAQ scores to the job than male analysts across 22 PAQ job dimensions regardless of the sex of the job incumbent. Adjective Check List scores had no consistent effect on PAQ dimensions. The need for replication is stressed. (25 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-416
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 1976


  • sex of incumbent & analyst, job analysis, college student analysts


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