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A cross-cultural compArison of the stress experienced by high-level career women

Author(s): Henriette S. van den Berg | Ebben S. van Zyl

Journal: South African Journal of Industrial Psychology
ISSN 0258-5200

Volume: 34;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 17;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: South African career women | occupational stress | job-related stressors | conservation-of- resources theory | criterion group design

This study examines differences in the experience of work-related stress and of exposure to work-related stressors among South African career women of different ethnic groups. A sample of 732 women working in administrative, semi-professional, professional and managerial positions was involved. Analyses of covariance found signifcant differences in the level of stress reported by the different groups, with black women reporting the highest level of stress. Stressors pertaining to a lack of infrastructure and resources in the environment signifcantly contributed to the stress experienced by black women. All four groups reported discontent with their remuneration and fringe benefts.
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