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Encountered Difficulties of Female Research Assistants at Domestic and Business Life in Turkey

Author(s): Şule ERGÖL | Gülten KOÇ | Kafiye EROĞLU | Lale TAŞKIN

Journal: Yükseköğretim ve Bilim Dergisi
ISSN 2146-5959

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 043;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Research assistant | Social gender | Business life | Domestic life

In our country which has patriarchal social structure in which the primary responsibility of a woman is her home and her family, female research assistant face problems while balancing their business and domestic life. Especially in the beginning of scholarship, and yet both students and research assistants have a professional working women to balance their work and family life with a gender perspective on the issues important to reveal the density. This study is a research in descriptive type made for the aim of determining the opinions of women working as research assistant regarding their business and family lives and the problems they meet, through the gender perspective. Sample of research is composed of 246 women who worked as research assistant. Data were collected by face-to-face interview method and data collection form developed by the researchers. Descriptive statics and Chi-square tests was used during the evaluation of data. It stated by 27.2 % of the female participators of the study that there is an inequality between men and women in business life. 31.7 % of the female research assistants think that to have a higher status than male causes problems in domestic life. It is determined that the roles imposed on woman at home traditionally (cooking, washing the dishes, laundering, ironing, cleaning the house, cloth repairing) are performed by the most of the women included in research; and works such as repair of house, shopping, invoice payment are performed mostly by the man.
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