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Exploring the Literature on Relationships between Gender Roles, Intimate Partner Violence, Occupational Status, and Organizational Benefits
Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2007)
  • Eileen Kwesiga, Bryant University
  • Myrtle P. Bell, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Marshall Pattie, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Angela M. Moe, Western Michigan University
Abstract
Studies of intimate partner violence (IPV) and work have been primarily conducted with women in low-wage low-status (LWLS) positions, as much of this research has focused on poverty, welfare, and homelessness. Although women in LWLS positions represent a large percentage of working women in the United States, it is also important to investigate experiences of women in high-wage high-status (HWHS) positions because a growing number of women are employed within such jobs. We propose gender role theory can be used to explain occurrences of IPV among women in HWHS positions and their utilization of organizational benefits. We suggest those in HWHS positions may be likely to have access to organizational benefits (e.g., medical, vacation, and flexible work schedules) and the ability to utilize the Family and Medical Leave Act. However, prevailing gender roles existing in organizations may render women in HWHS positions unlikely to use benefits or to take leave.
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2007
Publisher Statement
Article originally published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Post-print of article is posted here with permission of publisher.
Citation Information
Eileen Kwesiga, Myrtle P. Bell, Marshall Pattie and Angela M. Moe. "Exploring the Literature on Relationships between Gender Roles, Intimate Partner Violence, Occupational Status, and Organizational Benefits" Journal of Interpersonal Violence Vol. 22 Iss. 3 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/angela_moe/6/