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Document Type


Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Carole Rayburn, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Sex differences; Job stress; Universities and colleges--Faculty


This study explored effects of gender and gender stereotype of department on occupational stress in university faculty. Respondents included 112 Ph.D. level faculty from two universities. They were given an occupational stress measure, a perceived stress measure, and a measure of gender-related comfort levels within their field. Results showed women had higher overall occupational stress as well as quantitative role overload. While there were no differences in respondents' individual levels of gender-related comfort within their department, women perceived others of their gender to be less comfortable within their department than men did. There was also an interaction effect that showed that women in male-stereotyped departments perceived others of the same gender in their department to be least comfortable within their fields. This is consistent with findings that women show more occupational stress. The minimal effects of academic department on stress further suggest that gender is a concern across all fields.


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