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Gender differences in police physical ability test performance

Michael L. Birzer (Wichita State University)
Delores E. Craig (Wichita State University)

American Journal of Police

ISSN: 0735-8547

Article publication date: 1 June 1996


Studies a large midwestern police agency to find out whether female applicants failed the physical ability test more often than male applicants, whether the tasks were job related or whether there was violation of the “four‐fifths” rule of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and whether the test measured critical tasks. Finds that the test has an adverse effect on women and is not job related.



Birzer, M.L. and Craig, D.E. (1996), "Gender differences in police physical ability test performance", American Journal of Police, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 93-108.




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