ERIC Number: ED240419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Relocation: Black and White Dual Career Families on the Move.
Erkut, Sumru; Fields, Jacqueline P.
Relocation of dual career families often translates into career advancement for the spouse whose job prospects initiate the move and career disruption for the spouse who follows. To describe the relocation concerns of men and women in dual career marriages, 32 professional couples were interviewed. Half the sample were black and half were white, and childless couples as well as parents were included. Results showed that a move was initiated by a job offer for the husband for 13 of the couples, by a job offer for the wife for 4 couples, and by offers for both spouses for 2 couples. Of the 13 wives who moved in response to their husband's job offer, 6 had difficulty finding work, 3 saw the move as emotionally uprooting, and 3 had no problems. Husbands did not always acknowledge the extent of the problems experienced by their wives. No differences attributed to race were found for job moves determined by husbands or wives, or in the degree of empathy for the dislocated spouse. The findings suggest that wives disproportionately experience disruption, and their husbands tend to lack empathy. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).