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Relationship between Women's Work and Family Roles and Subjective Well-Being and Psychological Distress.


PB90154642

Publication Date 1989
Personal Author Barnett, R. C.; Marshall, N. L.
Page Count 76
Abstract The relationship between the experience of women in their work and family roles and their mental health was examined. Specifically, the aspects of women's work which were related to the levels of psychological distress and subjective well being were identified. Also examined were the relationships between these aspects of work and the mental health of the women as affected by whether or not the woman had a family role such as parent or nonparent, partnered or single. Lastly the effect of the quality of life the woman experienced in her family role on the relationship between work characteristics and mental health was considered. The study cohort included 403 women, aged 25 to 55 years, employed at least half time as either social workers or licensed practical nurses. The findings indicated that work rewards and work concerns, and the interaction of these two factors, must be included in models relating the paid employee role to the mental health status. Secondly, it was suggested by the data that there may be a gender difference in those aspects of the paid employee role which are identified as rewarding or as concern-filled. Lastly, there appeared to be significantly different patterns of relationships for two dimensions of mental health (subjective well being and psychological distress) when estimating the effects on women's mental health derived from their various roles in life as employee, partner, and parent.
Keywords
  • Stress(Psychology)
  • Family relations
  • Employment
  • Females
  • Health
  • Roles(Behavior)
  • Quality of life
  • Attitudes
  • Job stress
  • Mental health
  • Women
  • Social workers
  • Licensed practical nurses
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 92B - Psychology
  • 92C - Social Concerns
  • 57T - Psychiatry
Corporate Authors Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199009
Relationship between Women's Work and Family Roles and Subjective Well-Being and Psychological Distress.
Relationship between Women's Work and Family Roles and Subjective Well-Being and Psychological Distress.
PB90154642

  • Stress(Psychology)
  • Family relations
  • Employment
  • Females
  • Health
  • Roles(Behavior)
  • Quality of life
  • Attitudes
  • Job stress
  • Mental health
  • Women
  • Social workers
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 92B - Psychology
  • 92C - Social Concerns
  • 57T - Psychiatry
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