Sex Roles

, Volume 47, Issue 11–12, pp 543–552 | Cite as

Applicant Gender and Family Structure: Effects on Perceived Relocation Commitment and Spouse Resistance

  • Tammy D. Allen
  • Lillian T. Eby
  • Shane S. Douthitt
  • Carrie L. Noble


Within the context of a controlled laboratory study, the effects of applicant gender, marital type (single earner, dual earner), and parental status (child, no child) on perceptions of job applicant commitment to a move involving geographic relocation and expected family resistance to the move were investigated. The results indicated that gender and family structure variables interacted in their influence on the dependent variables. Participants also provided reasons for their ratings of perceived commitment. Content analysis revealed 4 themes underlying participant responses: family concerns, goals and motivation of applicant, experience of applicant, and individual differences.

relocation family structure mobility opportunity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tammy D. Allen
    • 1
  • Lillian T. Eby
    • 2
  • Shane S. Douthitt
    • 3
  • Carrie L. Noble
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South FloridaTampa
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens
  3. 3.Bank of AmericaCharlotte

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