Gender, Work Stress, and Health

Pages: 260
Item #: 431682A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-923-9
List Price: $49.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $39.95
Copyright: 2002
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Gender differences, a subject of fascination since the dawn of time, are the focus of Gender, Work Stress, and Health, a book that examines how socially defined gender roles affect individuals' experience of stress and health at work. Editors Debra L. Nelson and Ronald J. Burke bring together an interdisciplinary set of prolific writers and researchers to explore the interplay of gender, individual differences, social support, coping skills, family dynamics, and aspects of the work environment, and how these affect health. This collection draws upon the emerging knowledge from 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, 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 intriguing field.

Table of Contents



  1. A Framework for Examining Gender, Work Stress, and Health
    —Debra L. Nelson and Ronald J. Burke

I. Stressors, Individual Differences, and Coping

  1. Managerial Stress: Are Women More at Risk?
    —Sandra L. Fielden and Cary L. Cooper
  2. Men, Masculinity, and Health
    —Ronald J. Burke
  3. Women and Corporate Restructuring: Sources and Consequences of Stress
    —Rekha Karambayya
  4. Assessing the Role of Negative Affectivity in Occupational Stress Research: Does Gender Make a Difference?
    —Steve M. Jex, Gary A. Adams, and Michele L. Ehler
  5. Work Stress, Coping, and Social Support: Implications for Women's Occupational Well-Being
    —Esther R. Greenglass

II. Stress and Family Dynamics

  1. Do Men and Women Benefit From Social Support Equally? Results From a Field Examination Within the Work and Family Context
    —Pamela L. Perrewé and Dawn S. Carlson
  2. The Allocation of Time to Work and Family Roles
    —Jeffrey Greenhaus and Saroj Parasuraman
  3. Gender Asymmetry in Crossover Research
    —Mina Westman

III. Prevention and Interventions

  1. Reduced Workload Arrangements for Managers and Professionals: A Potential Solution to Conflicting Demands
    —Marcia Brumit Kropf
  2. Reduced-Load Work Arrangements: Response to Stress or Quest for Integrity of Functioning?
    —Mary Dean Lee, Shelley M. MacDermid, and Michelle L. Buck
  3. An Affirmative Defense: The Preventive Management of Sexual Harassment
    —Myrtle P. Bell, Cyndy S. Cycyota, and James Campbell Quick
  4. Do Family-Friendly Policies Fulfill Their Promise? An Investigation of Their Impact on Work–Family Conflict and Work and Personal Outcomes
    —Hazel M. Rosin and Karen Korabik

IV. Conclusion

  1. New Directions for Studying Gender, Work Stress, and Health
    —Debra L. Nelson, Ronald J. Burke, and Susan Michie

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Debra L. Nelson is the College of Business Administration Associates' Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management at Oklahoma State University (OSU). She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was the recipient of the R. D. Irwin Dissertation Fellowship Award.

Dr. Nelson has authored more than 70 journal articles focusing on organizational stress management, newcomer socialization, and management of technology. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Executive, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, MIS Quarterly, Organizational Dynamics, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and other journals. In addition, she has coauthored and coedited several books, including Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Realities, and Challenges; Advancing Women in Management; and Preventive Stress Management in Organizations (APA, 1997).

Dr. Nelson has also served as a consultant to several organizations, including AT&T, American Fidelity Assurance, Sonic, State Farm Insurance Companies, and Southwestern Bell. She has presented leadership and preventive stress management seminars to a host of organizations, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Conoco, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas, and Preview Network Systems.

She was honored with the Greiner Graduate Teaching Award in 2001, the Chandler-Frates and Reitz Graduate Teaching Award in 1997, the Regents' Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994, and the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award at OSU in 1991.

Dr. Nelson also serves on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Executive.

Ronald J. Burke is one of Canada's most prolific researchers. His work has focused on the relationship between the work environment and the individual's overall well-being, and over the past 30 years he has written articles for numerous academic and professional journals.

In addition to his research 259 and teaching activities, Dr. Burke was the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. He has served on the editorial board of a dozen journals and has reviewed manuscripts for a dozen more journals. He has served as a member of two grant committees for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as director of the PhD program in administrative studies at York University, and as associate dean of research with the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University. He has participated in research conferences in North and South America and in Europe.

Dr. Burke previously held the Imperial Life Professorship in Organizational Behavior and was a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Management Research and Development, School of Business Administration, University of Western Ontario. As holder of this professorship, he started the Women in Management Research Program.

Dr. Burke earned a BA from the University of Manitoba and an MA and a PhD from the University of Michigan. After completing his PhD, Dr. Burke taught for 2 years at the University of Minnesota and then joined the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University.

Dr. Burke has participated in more than 300 management development programs and has served as a consultant on organizational effectiveness issues for private and public sector organizations. His views on management have also appeared in various media.