Perceived supervisor support and particularly emotional support possess conceptual overlap with stereotypes of femininity. The present study extends understanding of perceived supervisor support by applying the agency and communality framework of gender stereotypes and role congruity theory. This study employed a vignette research design to examine differential ratings of male and female supervisors who were depicted engaging in (a) no support, (b) instrumental support, (c) emotional support, or (d) instrumental and emotional support. Results suggest that supportive supervision is indeed viewed as feminine in nature. Further, findings suggest that female supervisors engaging in emotional support behaviors are preferred over equivalently supportive male supervisors. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.
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Industrial and Organizational Psychology
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Schlotzhauer, Ann, "An Examination of Gender-Based Differences in Perceptions of Supervisor Support" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1089.