Work Stress, Coping Strategies and Resilience: A Study among Working Females

Shueh-Yi Lian; Cai Lian Tam
July 2014
Asian Social Science;Jul2014, Vol. 10 Issue 12, p41
Academic Journal
The aim of this review was to evaluate research relating to the effects of coping strategies and resilience on the level of workplace stress. Much of the research focused on working mothers and working females in general. It was found that working females experienced more work stress as compared to men. And currently in Malaysia, social policies that support working females, especially working mothers, has not been adopted fully by most corporations. Furthermore, the evidence for effective problem-focused and emotion-focused coping was inconsistent. It was concluded that correlation between work stressors and the adopted coping strategies may vary depending on the type of problems being dealt with and the interplay between the employee and the demand. Moreover, resilience literature revealed this concept as an enhancement of an individual's adaptability and survival in the presence of occupational stressors and success in overcoming the stressors results in increased resilience to future hardships. This article identifies a number of research gaps for advancing work stress research, in particular: 1) limited work stress research on Malaysian working women and mothers, and; 2) limited literature on relating resilience to coping strategies and work stress.


Related Articles

  • A prospective study of cumulative job stress in relation to mental health. Godin, Isabelle; Kittel, France; Coppieters, Yves; Siegrist, Johannes // BMC Public Health;2005, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p67 

    Background: This study tests associations between psychosocial stress at work measured by the effort-reward imbalance model in a dynamic perspective, and multiple indicators of poor mental health, in a prospective design. Methods: 1986 male and female employees from four Belgian enterprises were...

  • The Kryptonite burns in Superwoman's cape. Anderson, Lisa // Marriage Partnership;Summer91, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p28 

    Comments on the results of a survey of working women showing that job stress does not create stress at home. Nationalities of the women surveyed; Nationalities of women who claim to feel the most stress at work; Top stress relievers among the women surveyed.

  • Stress and the Woman Manager. Chusmir, Leonard H.; Franks, Victoria // Training & Development Journal;Oct88, Vol. 42 Issue 10, p66 

    Focuses on job-related stress experienced by women workers in the United States. Effect of stress on women employees' performance; Variables affecting women's ability to handle stress at work; Methods of dealing with job stress. INSET: How Human Resource Managers Can Help.

  • Time to COME HOME and relax. YORIO, NICOLE // Redbook;Feb2011, Vol. 216 Issue 2, p117 

    The article presents suggestions on how working women can relax themselves from job stress by exercising and listening to music, to live a healthy life with kids and life partners.

  • This job is killing me.  // Prevention;Nov97, Vol. 49 Issue 11, p38 

    Announces that women who reported high levels of job strain also scored high for depression, anxiety, neuroticism and hostility, according to a study of 152 women. Study published in the June 1997 issue of `Archives of General Psychiatry'; Comments from study director Redford B. Williams about...

  • Perceived race-based discrimination, employment status, and job stress in a national sample of black women: implications for health outcomes. Mays, Vickie M.; Coleman, Lerita M.; Jackson, James S.; Mays, V M; Coleman, L M; Jackson, J S // Journal of Occupational Health Psychology;Jul1996, Vol. 1 Issue 3, p319 

    Previous research has not systematically examined the relationship of perceived race-based discriminations to labor force participation or job related stresses-problems experienced by Black women. The present study investigated the relative contributions of perceived race-based discriminations...

  • Stress illnesses keep workers home.  // Occupational Outlook Quarterly;Spring2000, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p41 

    Deals with work-related stress. Effect of stress-induced mental or emotional disorders on workers; Occupations affected by stress.

  • Running on Empty? Cloak, Nancy // Women in Business;Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p32 

    Presents tips to relieve stress. Self-soothing techniques for working women; Psychological effects of stress.

  • Job Stress Cited As Growing U.S. Problem; Women Found Engaged In Employments Fraught With Hazards.  // Insurance Advocate;05/13/2000, Vol. 111 Issue 20, p37 

    Presents the results of a study on occupational stress and health risks that are unique to women in the United States. Problems associated with balancing work and family; Occupational hazards for women; Physical effects of occupational hazards; Identification and treatment of symptoms.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics