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Develop a research-based policy statement for your setting that addresses a human resources issue for the LGBT population.


Practicing psychologists are often hired to consult with organizational policy-makers; and to develop intervention plans, sensitivity training, and policy implementation programs for government, business, education, industries, and health care organizations.

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.

How does the understanding of perceiving persons and attribution bias help you in your personal or professional life?

What theories could be applied to reduce prejudice, discrimination, or sexism in your professional setting?

What factors influence the link between attitudes and behavior?


Read the

Assessment 2 Context

document for information about the subject of this assessment.

Use the Capella Library and the Internet to research current LGBT workplace legislation; hiring, firing, and retention, promotional opportunity, health insurance, or parenting leave. Some suggested keywords for searches include a combination of LGBT and: protection in the workplace; inclusion; self-concept; self-esteem; self-efficacy; normalization; discrimination; social support; perceived stress in sexual minorities; et cetera.

Use this template to complete your assessment.

Policy Statement Template [DOC]


The deliverable for this assessment is a research-based policy statement. Sample policy statements and templates are available on many websites, if you wish use them as guides.

The purpose of a policy statement is to state acceptable methods or behaviors in an organization. Essentially, a policy states the organizational values and how those values relate to the organization’s purpose.


Assume the role in the scenario described below.


You are a consulting organizational psychologist. You have been retained to develop a new policy for the LGBT population in your professional setting (or for a setting from your experience.)


Propose a research-based policy for one specific issue regarding the LGBT population for a setting.

For example, propose a new policy for hiring, firing, and retention, promotional opportunity, health insurance, or parenting leave.

Identify the professional setting related to your experience.

The Policy Statement should be two pages, maximum.

Brevity does


mean this assessment lacks academic rigor. Disciplined, succinct writing requires thorough knowledge of the subject and excellent writing skills.

Address each of the following elements in your policy statement, using the template provided:

Analyze research related to concepts of self-esteem, self-concept, self-presentation, and self-efficacy for the LGBT population.

Integrate social psychology principles and research to propose an LGBT policy for a workplace.

Analyze how the proposed policy and current workplace legislation reflect social psychology principles.

How does the research-based proposed policy meet the requirements of current laws?

How do laws reflect principles of social psychology?

Evaluate the implications of a new policy for the organization and individuals.

How will this new policy be perceived by others in the organization?

How will this affect the organizational culture?

What suggestions do you have for addressing resistance or changing the culture?

Support positions with references from scholarly and professional literature.

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