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Role styles of women police officers

Abstract

This study identified women patrol officers utilizing four styles in relating to male officers: neutral-impersonal, semimasculine, feminine, and mixed. The role styles were helpful in understanding how women cope with conflicts generated by the demands of gender and occupational role. Patterns of emphasizing aspects of each role, of assigning priorities, and of coping techniques emerged around the different styles. The women did not express attachment to any one style in relations with those who were not male co-workers.

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Wexler, J.G. Role styles of women police officers. Sex Roles 12, 749–755 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00287868

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Police Officer
  • Occupational Role
  • Patrol Officer
  • Male Officer