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What to wear? The influence of attire on the perceived professionalism of dentists and lawyers

Furnham, A; Chan, PS; Wilson, E; (2013) What to wear? The influence of attire on the perceived professionalism of dentists and lawyers. JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY , 43 (9) 1838 - 1850. 10.1111/jasp.12136. Green open access

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Abstract

Using a sample of 201 participants and a between-subjects design, the perceived professionalism—suitability, capability, ease to talk to and friendliness—of male and female dentists and lawyers in various attires was examined. Results showed an absolute preference for male dentists and lawyers in professional and formal attire, respectively. Male dentists and lawyers in professional and formal attire were further rated as more suitable, capable, easier to talk to, and friendlier than female professionals, and than those dressed in smart or casual attire. Results are discussed in terms of positive dental outcomes and legal representation. Limitations are considered.

Type: Article
Title: What to wear? The influence of attire on the perceived professionalism of dentists and lawyers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12136
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12136
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors. Journal of Applied Social Psychology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1346298
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