An analysis of coping mechanisms and health outcomes in a feminine context

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dc.contributor.advisor Loughlin, Catherine A. (Catherine Anne), 1967-
dc.creator Rudy, Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-24T14:38:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-24T14:38:43Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other HF5548.85 R83 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/23800
dc.description vi, 65 leaves ; 29 cm. en_CA
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 46-62).
dc.description.abstract Previously, research has argued that there are sex-based differences in coping with work stress. However, these studies were typically conducted in male-dominated contexts and did not control for organizational level or access to coping resources. I empirically investigate these potential confounds arguing that different outcomes will arise when organizational levels and context vary. Survey data were collected from managers ( n = 125) and clerical workers ( n = 161) at a health care institution to explore these hypotheses in a feminine context. Participants perceived female employees as demonstrating equal or more leadership behaviours than male employees. In this context, two novel findings emerged. First, even women at lower organizational levels were more likely to use direct action coping. Second, emotion-focused coping benefitted men and women's health. With greater understanding of the relationship between gender, work stress coping mechanisms and health, stress prevention strategies may be developed to minimize strain accordingly. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University en_CA
dc.subject.lcc HF5548.85
dc.subject.lcsh Job stress
dc.subject.lcsh Stress management
dc.subject.lcsh Sex differences (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Health and hygiene
dc.title An analysis of coping mechanisms and health outcomes in a feminine context en_CA
dc.title.alternative Coping and health en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Psychology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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