Original Paper

American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 31-42

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Dimensions of Support Among Abused Women in the Workplace

  • Nanette L. YraguiAffiliated withWashington Department of Labor and Industries, SHARP Research Email author 
  • , Eric S. MankowskiAffiliated withPortland State University
  • , Nancy A. PerrinAffiliated withCenter for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
  • , Nancy E. GlassAffiliated withJohns Hopkins University School of Nursing

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The authors draw on social support theory to examine supervisor support match (support wanted and received), support mismatch (support not wanted and received) and work outcomes for abused low-wage working women, and to determine if supervisor support match and mismatch are more strongly associated with work outcomes than global supervisor support Face-to-face interviews were conducted with a community sample of abused, employed women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) in the past year (N = 163). Using hierarchical regression, we found, after accounting for global supervisor support; a higher level of supervisor support match was associated with greater job satisfaction, fewer job reprimands and less job termination. Findings from the study inform theories of social support and have practical implications for workplace interventions for IPV.


Workplace violence Intimate partner violence Social support Supervisor support Abused women Low-wage workers