Gender Similarities and Differences in Correctional Staff Work Attitudes and Perceptions of the Work Environment

“Over the last few decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of women entering the traditionally male-dominated field of corrections. During this time, researchers, using a variety of different method- ological techniques, have attempted to disentangle the potential gender differences among correctional personnel. Bivariate results indicated gender differences in perceptions of dangerousness, role ambiguity, role conflict, input into decision-making, job autonomy, supervision, punishment ideology, and job satisfaction; however, after controlling for age, race, education, position, tenure, and supervisory status, only dangerousness and job satisfaction remained statistically significant. ”