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Marilyn J. Davidson & Sandra Fielden

In: Handbook of Gender & Work

Chapter 21: Stress and the Working Woman

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Stress and the Working Woman
Stress and the working woman
Marilyn J.Davidson and SandraFielden

The costs of occupational stress for organizations are substantial. According to Discoll and Cooper (1996), 360 million working days are lost annually in the United Kingdom through sickness at a cost to organizations of £ 8 billion. Moreover, the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive estimates that approximately half of these lost days are stress related (Discoll & Cooper, 1996). Similarly, Elkin and Rosch (1990) estimate that of the 550 million working days lost per year due in America to absenteeism, around 54% are stress related in some way. Due to the rapid demographic, social, and economic changes over the past few decades, there has been a large increase in the number of ...

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