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Occupational stress in women general practitioners and practice managers

Usha R. Rout (Usha R. Rout is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Speech Pathology, the Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. )

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Article publication date: 1 September 1999

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Abstract

Examines the sources of stress associated with high levels of job dissatisfaction and mental health among practice managers and women general practitioners, and compares the job satisfaction, mental health and job stress among practice managers and women general practitioners. Women general practitioners (n = 75) and practice managers (n = 51) completed anonymous questionnaires. Lack of communication and co‐operation between colleagues and staff were the main sources of dissatisfaction and lack of mental wellbeing for both groups. In addition, wishful thinking coping factor was predictive of job dissatisfaction and mental ill‐health. There was no significant difference between practice managers and women general practitioners on the mental health scale. Women general practitioners experienced less job satisfaction with regard to the amount of work, and hours of work than the practice managers. There may be substantial benefit in initiating a support network system for these professionals.

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Rout, U.R. (1999), "Occupational stress in women general practitioners and practice managers", Women in Management Review, Vol. 14 No. 6, pp. 220-230. https://doi.org/10.1108/09649429910287244

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MCB UP Ltd

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