Gender, Work Stress, and Health

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-07-01
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn

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In Gender, Work Stress, and Health, editors Debra L. Nelson and Ronald J. Burke explore how socially defined gender roles affect individuals' experience of stress and health at work. Working with a group of interdisciplinary contributors, they examine the interplay of gender, individual differences, social support, coping skills, family dynamics, and aspects of the work environment and ask how these affect health. This collection draws from the emerging knowledge in the fields of management, psychology, sociology, and epidemiology. Among the questions examined are whether men and women experience different sources of stress at work, whether they experience different symptoms of distress, whether they benefit equally from social support, how they cope, and what organizations are doing to help. Professionals in human resources management, consulting, training and development, and occupational health will be particularly interested in the effectiveness of prevention and intervention efforts related to corporate culture and flexible workload arrangements and whether family-friendly policies are fulfilling their promise of helping to balance work and family demands. Researchers in management, business, occupational psychology, sociology, and gender studies will find fertile areas for continued exploration within this field.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
A Framework for Examining Gender, Work Stress, and Healthp. 3
Stressors, Individual Differences, and Copingp. 15
Managerial Stress: Are Women More at Risk?p. 19
Men, Masculinity, and Healthp. 35
Women and Corporate Restructuring: Sources and Consequences of Stressp. 55
Assessing the Role of Negative Affectivity in Occupational Stress Research: Does Gender Make a Difference?p. 71
Work Stress, Coping, and Social Support: Implications for Women's Occupational Well-Beingp. 85
Stress and Family Dynamicsp. 97
Do Men and Women Benefit From Social Support Equally? Results From a Field Examination Within the Work and Family Contextp. 101
The Allocation of Time to Work and Family Rolesp. 115
Gender Asymmetry in Crossover Researchp. 129
Prevention and Interventionsp. 151
Reduced Work Arrangements for Managers and Professionals: A Potential Solution to Conflicting Demandsp. 155
Reduced-Load Work Arrangements: Response to Stress or Quest for Integrity of Functioning?p. 169
An Affirmative Defense: The Preventive Management of Sexual Harassmentp. 191
Do Family-Friendly Policies Fulfill Their Promise? An Investigation of Their Impact on Work-Family Conflict and Work and Personal Outcomesp. 211
Conclusionp. 227
New Directions for Studying Gender, Work Stress, and Healthp. 229
Author Indexp. 243
Subject Indexp. 253
About the Editorsp. 259
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