, Volume 49, Issue 1-2, pp 31-42
Date: 23 Mar 2011

Dimensions of Support Among Abused Women in the Workplace

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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.

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An earlier version of this article was presented at the Work, Stress, and Health conference in Washington, DC in March of 2007, held jointly by the American Psychological Society, the National Institute for Occupational Health & Safety and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.