Sex of Supervisor, Sex of Subordinate, and Subordinate Job Satisfaction


  • Requests for reprints may be sent to Hubert S. Feild, Department of Psychology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36830.

  • © 1979 Human Sciences Press


It was hypothesized in the present research that there would be significant differences in the job satisfaction of subordinates depending upon the interaction between their sex and the sex of their supervisors. Using job satisfaction data from 139 employees, it was found that: (a) female subordinates supervised by male supervisors were less satisfied with supervision than those supervised by women, (b) females working under males reported a lower level of satisfaction with their co-workers than females supervised by females or males supervised by males, and (c) women who had female supervisors indicated a higher level of satisfaction with their work than men with male supervisors. Contrary to traditional stereotypes of women supervisors, the results suggested that these stereotypes might not be important in long-term, real-world situations.