The experiences of female managers in law enforcement: A qualitative study

by Morence, Andrina R., Psy.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 125 pages; 3559902


Using a generic qualitative methodology, this study was conducted to investigate the experiences of female managers who work in the field of law enforcement. Female managers are largely under-represented in public and private organizations and as a result, they have faced challenges in finding equity with their males peers. Female managers in law enforcement agencies have been an under-studied population. The focus of this research was to give a voice to 8 female sergeants and lieutenants who work for law enforcement agencies in the Midwestern United States. Through face-to-face interviews, the participants gave accountings of their experiences working as female managers in the male-dominated field of police work. The study concluded female managers in law enforcement face many of the same obstacles as their female counterparts who work in the private and military sectors. However they possess a resilience and determination that despite their challenges, keeps them moving forward toward the accomplishments of their goals.

AdviserWayland Secrest
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsWomen's studies; Management; Occupational psychology; Criminology
Publication Number3559902

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