Peer Evaluations: Are Women Officers Rated Differently
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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As part of a larger research effort, a preliminary investigation was conducted to find whether there were indications of a possible sex bias in peer ratings. The primary objective was to note whether differences in peer ratings, either given or received, occurred as a function of the sex of the officers giving and receiving the ratings. The second objective, should varying effects of sex bias be found, was to investigate correlates of those differences. Preliminary work on the use of peer ratings as performance assessment device in mixed-sex officer groups indicates that women are rated lower by both males and females on leadership potential than their male collegues. They also scored less well on the OEB. The present effort was unable to answer the question of whether this difference in perceived leadership ability was due to real differences or to bias. conceivably, the OEB, which was standardized on all-male samples, may be exhibiting bias also.