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No Shelter for Singles: The Perceived Legitimacy of Marital Status Discrimination

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Morris, Wendy L.; Sinclair, Stacey; DePaulo, Bella M.

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Abstract Providing the first empirical evidence of discrimination against singles, participants in multiple experiments favored married couples over various types of singles and failed to recognize such differential treatment as discrimination. In four experiments, undergraduates and rental agents read descriptions of multiple applicants for a rental property and chose one. The applicant pool, varying across experiments, included a married couple and different types of singles. Although the applicants were similar on substantive dimensions, participants consistently chose the married couple over the singles and explicitly stated that the applicants' marital status influenced their choice. In Experiment 5, participants read examples of housing discrimination against singles and other more recognized stigmatized groups. Participants rated discrimination against singles as more legitimate than discrimination against virtually all of the other groups.
Free Keywords discrimination; housing; legitimacy; marital status; singles;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 457-470
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 10 (2007) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430207081535
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)