ERIC Number: ED316804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Occupational Stress and Health of Women LPN's and LSW's: Final Project Report. Working Paper No. 202.
Barnett, Rosalind C.; And Others
This study examined work and non-workplace sources of stress in the lives of women (N=403) currently employed as health-care providers. Female licensed practical nurses and social workers were sampled because they met the three criteria determined upon for the study; that is, they were all in high-stress occupations; women predominate in those professions; and these professions had readily identifiable populations which permitted drawing random samples. The aim of this longitudinal study was to assess the relationships between work-role quality, family-role occupancy, and family role quality on one hand and mental and physical health outcomes on the other hand. The results indicated that: (1) among female health-care providers, work-role quality was an important predictor of mental and physical health measures, particularly subjective well-being, physical health symptoms, and cardiovascular disease; (2) family role occupancy had few direct effects on psychological distress, well-being, or physical symptoms; (3) parent role and partner role quality had direct, but not interactive effects, with subjective well-being; (4) family role quality had both direct and interactive effects with psychological distress and physical health; (5) the subjects showed stability with respect to role occupancy, role quality, and health measures. Eight tables, and 16 figures are included. (ABL)
Descriptors: Employed Women, Family Relationship, Females, Longitudinal Studies, Marriage, Nurses, Physical Health, Role Conflict, Role Perception, Social Workers, Stress Variables
Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health (DHHS/PHS), Cincinnati, OH.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.
Note: For related papers, see CG 022 356-358.