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The influence of person traits on lawyer selection among British adults

Furnham, Adrian and McClelland, Alastair and Swami, Viren (2012) The influence of person traits on lawyer selection among British adults. Journal of General Psychology, 139 (4). pp. 217-229. ISSN 0022-1309

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221309.2012.693974


The present study examined selection criteria for lawyers among British adults, which begins to overturn a dearth of studies examining this issue among legal professions. A total of 122 participants were asked to rate eight lawyers dichotomized along lawyer origin (Britain versus South Asia), gender (women versus men), and age (younger versus older). A mixed-design analysis of variance showed that there was a main effect of lawyer origin, with British lawyers preferred over the South Asian counterparts. There were also a number of significant interactions between lawyer variables, as well as participant gender and age. The effect sizes of these interactions were generally smaller (ηp 2 = .07−.24) than the main effect lawyer origin (ηp 2 = .54). Limitations and practical implications are discussed in conclusion.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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Deposited On:30 Oct 2012 15:25
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