Indian Journal of Dental Research

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 694--700

A qualitative research analysis of gender-based parities and disparities at work place experienced by female dentists of Vadodara, India


Ramya R Iyer1, Rajesh Sethuraman2, Medha Wadhwa3 
1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, K M Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, K M Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Management, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ramya R Iyer
Department of Public Health Dentistry, K. M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara
India

Aim: To assess the gender-based parities and disparities at work place experienced by female dentists of Vadodara, India. Materials and Methods: In-depth face-to-face qualitative semi-structured interviews in English were conducted among 12 female dentists of Vadodara. Female dentists working with one/more male colleague or auxiliary were selected through purposive sampling. Interviews were conducted as per Kvale's principles and recorded using a digital voice recorder. Transcribed data was analyzed using Giorgi's phenomenological analysis. Results: The recurring themes identified were: (a) Striking work–family balance (b) Dependence on male authority for instating work discipline (c) Male dentists' hostility to “woman in power” concept (d) Male dentists' superiority in technical skills (e) privileges for women dentists. Conclusions: There is a need to improve the work environment of women dentists. Social support, sensitivity among male colleagues, and generous institutional policies will enable increased contribution from women to the profession.


How to cite this article:
Iyer RR, Sethuraman R, Wadhwa M. A qualitative research analysis of gender-based parities and disparities at work place experienced by female dentists of Vadodara, India.Indian J Dent Res 2020;31:694-700


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Iyer RR, Sethuraman R, Wadhwa M. A qualitative research analysis of gender-based parities and disparities at work place experienced by female dentists of Vadodara, India. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 20 ];31:694-700
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