Congruence of real and ideal job characteristics: A focus on sex, parenthood status, and extrinsic characteristics

Sharon L. Weinberg, Carol Kehr Tittle

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Current theory, conceptualized almost exclusively in terms of the work setting, has assumed that intrinsic job characteristics are most relevant for workers' job satisfaction. A recent emphasis, however, on the interrelatedness of the nonwork and work domains suggests a need to reevaluate the importance of extrinsic job characteristics in workers' lives. Intrinsic and extrinsic job characteristics were studied in relation to perceived real-ideal job characteristic congruence for a sample of male and female full-time lawyers. In keeping with a focus on nonwork influences, two types of extrinsic characteristic were delineated: those related solely to the job, and those related to the work/parenting intersection. Results indicate that sex differences exist in perceived real-ideal congruence even when variables known to covary with sex in the work setting are controlled. The relevance to perceived real-ideal congruence of extrinsic job characteristics, and especially those related to the work/parenting intersection, appears clear from the results of this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-239
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987

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Congruence of real and ideal job characteristics : A focus on sex, parenthood status, and extrinsic characteristics. / Weinberg, Sharon L.; Tittle, Carol Kehr.

In: Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol. 30, No. 3, 1987, p. 227-239.

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