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It takes two to tango: an empirical study of perceived spousal/partner support for working women

Judith R. Gordon (Professor of Management in the Department of Organization Studies at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA)
Karen S. Whelan‐Berry (Associate Professor of Management in the Department of Management at Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah, USA)

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Abstract

Women on average still have more responsibility for home, family life, and child care than men. Extensive research has focused on the needs of, and support required by, these working women, most often exploring related organizational programs and benefits. This paper attempts to remedy this deficiency by examining the roles women perceive their spouses or partners play in these families in sharing home and family responsibilities and supporting the careers of these women. It explores the differences in the roles that women in early, middle, and late life perceive their spouses or partners play. Differences exist in women's perceptions of how spouses or partners manage family finances, support the women's careers, contribute to household management, and provide interpersonal support. Specific roles and the resulting support are related to the life satisfaction, job satisfaction, and work‐life balance of some but not all cohorts of the women surveyed.

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Gordon, J.R. and Whelan‐Berry, K.S. (2004), "It takes two to tango: an empirical study of perceived spousal/partner support for working women", Women in Management Review, Vol. 19 No. 5, pp. 260-273. https://doi.org/10.1108/09649420410545980

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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