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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

versão On-line ISSN 2071-0763
versão impressa ISSN 0258-5200

SA j. ind. Psychol. vol.34 no.3 Johannesburg  2008




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



Henriette S Van Den BergI; Ebben S Van ZyII

IDepartment of Psychology, University of the Free State, South Africa
IIDepartment of Industrial Psychology, University of the Free State, South Africa





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 significant 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 significantly contributed to the stress experienced by black women. All four groups reported discontent with their remuneration and fringe benefits.

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



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