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Is There a Link Between Family Structures and Women's and Men's Managerial Career Advancement

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posted on 2017-06-07, 06:02 authored by Tharenou, Phyllis
The aim of this study was to assess the impact of family structures on women's and men's managerial career advancement. At Time 1, 2536 women and 2441 men responded to a survey. A year later, 1529 women and 1421 men responded to a repeated data collection. Family structures were found to predict women's and men's managerial advancement and women's not men's employment disruption, and to lead to them rather than the reverse. Childless single men and women advanced the least, and single parents also had reduced advancement. Traditional fathers advanced as much as other men, although more than posttraditional fathers in some subsamples. Mothers with employed spouses advanced as much as other women. The effects on employment disruption were not consistent with explaining the effects of family structures on advancement.


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