Dual -career gay male couples: The influence of career factors on workplace and relationship satisfaction
There has been an increase in national attention to career and relationship issues of gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) individuals in the United States in recent years. Recent studies have demonstrated that gay men, as well as other sexual minorities, commonly experience career-related distress, often in the form of pervasive workplace discrimination and oppression. In addition, there is an overall lack of research that integrates the work lives of gay men with their significant relationships. While the extant literature has explored the vocational consequences of career issues for GLB individuals to a limited degree, few studies have explored gay male career concerns in the context of their personal relationships and significant others.
The primary goal of this study is to examine how career variables influence work-related and relationship variables for this population. A number of variables will be studied, including identity management strategies, gay-affirming work environments, and interaction of home and work issues. While many of these issues impact the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community as a whole, the focus of this research will be gay men. Much of the results of the investigation were consistent with previous studies described in the literature. Discrimination was found to be a predictive factor of job satisfaction, with the experience of discrimination negatively impacting satisfaction with work for gay and bisexual men. In terms of relationship satisfaction, the study found that income and attachment were the most significant predictors of relationship satisfaction. However, the study found no link between job satisfaction and relationship satisfaction for gay and bisexual men in dual-career relationships.
While the study did not that its central question was significant, there are two important considerations that emerged from the study. First, the experience of discrimination continues to be an important issue for gay and bisexual men, potentially hindering their career development process. This suggests that employers need extensive education regarding both overt and subtle forms of discrimination related to sexual orientation, as well as an increased understanding of how to create and open and supportive atmosphere for their GLB employees. Second, this study confirms the overall importance of dyadic attachment in relationship satisfaction and suggested that these relationships may be an important mediator against work-related stress for gay and bisexual men. These findings are discussed in terms of implications for researchers and clinicians who work with or study GLB populations.
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