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Psychosocial work stress in female funeral service practitioners

Linda M. Goldenhar (National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati)
Robyn Gershon (John Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Charles Mueller (National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati)
Christine Karkasian (John Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Naomi A. Swanson (National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Article publication date: 1 February 2001

Abstract

Suggests that female funeral service practitioners (FSPs), in particular, may be exposed to a combination of classic healthcare stressors (e.g. shift work, work/family balance), unique funeral industry stressors, and stresses associated with working in non‐traditional occupations. Explores the relationships betweeen the stressors, perceived stress and two m ental health outcomes: anxiety and depression. Suggests that there needs to be both direct and indirect relationships between these. Expands the knowledge regarding the types of work and non‐work stressor that can affect mental health outcomes among women working in onn‐traditional occupations. Comments that this information should be particularly useful as women are increasingly entering historically male‐dominated fields.

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Goldenhar, L.M., Gershon, R., Mueller, C., Karkasian, C. and Swanson, N.A. (2001), "Psychosocial work stress in female funeral service practitioners", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 20 No. 1/2, pp. 17-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/02610150110786688

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