Spousal interdependence in turnover decisions: The case of Israel's medical sector employees

Rita Mano-Negrin, Alan Kirschenbaum

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Gender-related labor behavior traditionally has been sensitive to and symptomatic of changes in the labor force and the social structure. Two developments in family life call into question the traditional gender model of work behavior, which posits the family versus job dichotomy: (a) the greater share of economic responsibilities assumed by female spouses, and (b) the greater male involvement in family life within married couple families. A multivariate model that encompasses demographics, work conditions, and family constraints was regressed on the actual turnover behavior of male and female spouses. The analysis reveals that male and female respondents differ in the importance they assign to employment conditions and work attitudes, but they do not differ in the importance they assign to the other spouse's employment and family responsibilities when a turnover decision is considered. These findings support the notion of spousal interdependence in turnover decisions. This interdependence nevertheless is asymmetrical, since the turnover antecedents are caused by the impact of different predictors for men and women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-122
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


  • Medical professions
  • Spouses' employment
  • Turnover

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics


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