Don't ask, don't tell? Does disclosure of gay identity affect partner performance?

Everly, Benjamin, Shih, Margaret J and Ho, Geoffrey C (2012) Don't ask, don't tell? Does disclosure of gay identity affect partner performance? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48 (1). pp. 407-410. ISSN 00221031

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Abstract

Supporters of policies that force gay and lesbian individuals to conceal their sexual orientation in the workplace argue that working with openly gay individuals undermines performance. We examine this claim in two studies and find the opposite effect. Specifically, participants working with openly gay partners performed better on a cognitive task (i.e., a math test) and a sensory-motor task (i.e., a Wii shooting game) than individuals left to wonder about the sexual orientation of their partners. These results suggest that policies, such as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” that introduce uncertainty into social interactions harm rather than protect performance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: LEADGroup
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 16:15
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2013 16:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45230
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