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

Torkelson, Eva LU and Muhonen, Tuija LU (2003) In Psychological Reports 92. p.899-907
Abstract
This study examined how women and men cope with stress during a period of organisational 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 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. Additionally, the results from the regression analysis indicated that the reported use of problem-focused strategies did... (More)
This study examined how women and men cope with stress during a period of organisational 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 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. Additionally, the results from the 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 gender differences in reported health problems were found. (Less)
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10.2466/PR0.92.3.899-907
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  author       = {Torkelson, Eva and Muhonen, Tuija},
  issn         = {0033-2941},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {899--907},
  publisher    = {Ammons Scientific},
  series       = {Psychological Reports},
  title        = {Coping strategies and health symptoms among women and men in a downsizing organisation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2466/PR0.92.3.899-907},
  volume       = {92},
  year         = {2003},
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