Coping strategies and health symptoms among women and men in a downsizing organisation

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Coping strategies and health symptoms among women and men in a downsizing organisation
Author(s) Torkelson, Eva ; Muhonen, Tuija
Date 2003
English abstract
This study examined how women and men cope with stress during a period of organizational change and how the coping strategies are related to health. Questionnaire responses were obtained from 98 female and male administrators of health care service working in a Swedish governmental County Council during a period of downsizing. In line with earlier studies, the results showed women to be more likely than men to endorse the emotion-focused strategies of Seeking Social Support and Focus on and Venting of Emotions. Contrary to earlier studies the men did not report using problem-focused strategies more frequently than the women. The results of a regression analysis indicated that the reported use of problem-focused strategies did not contribute significantly to the explained variance in health. Instead, the emotion-focused strategy Denial explained a significant proportion of variance in the health problems. No sex differences in reported health problems were found.
Publisher Psychological reports
Host/Issue Psychological Reports
Volume 92
ISSN 0033-2941
Pages 899-907
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Caring sciences
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/515 (link to this page)

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