An analysis of the relationships between self-preceived occupational stress, reported health status, sex-role socialization, attitude toward feminism, educational attainment, and preceived pay equity among OPEU clerical specialists in the Oregon State employment system Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to examine the responses to a mail survey of a random sample of female subjects (Ss), who at the time of the study were members of the Oregon Public Employees Union employed as clerical specialists by the State of Oregon, in order to: 1. determine if significant relationships exist for Ss between: (a) self-perceived level of occupational stress (OS), (b) reported health status, (c) sex- role socialization, (d) attitude toward feminism, (e) Educational Attainment, (f) perceived pay equity, and (g) other reported socioeconomic and demographic factors; 2. utilize the research findings to develop recommendations for researchers and educators. Completed surveys were returned by 280 women. The study instrument was composed of The Office Worker Health and Well-Being Survey (Stellman et al., 1985), Bem's Sex-Role Inventory-Short Form, Dempewolff's Feminism II Scale, and Caplan's Pay Equity Questions (Caplan, 1975). The research hypotheses were tested by use of chi-square, Pearson's R, and oneway anova. A multi-linear stepwise regression analysis was also performed. Confidence level was set at p = .05. Significant relationships were found to exist between identified components of OS and each of the following: reported health conditions, attitude toward feminism, educational attainment, perceived pay equity, spouse's employment type, and spouse's employment status. Independent predictors of OS were found to be: Irritation/frustration, educational attainment, vision, nose/throat/chest, depression, perceived pay equity, sleep, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, personality type, current living situation, and total household income. The findings of this study support the findings of earlier research that clericals are at risk of experiencing significant work-related negative health outcomes (Dainoff, 1979; National Commission on Working Women, 1979; 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women, 1984; Stellman et al., 1985 & Stellman et al., in press) However, in contrast to the Framingham study and in support of the findings of Kotler & Wingard (1989), no relationships were found between the Ss' number of children, number of children under 6, and the occupational stress reported by the Ss. Recommendations for further research and recommendations for educators were made. It was also suggested that a fuller understanding of what constitutes a healthy work environment for clericals should be developed by researchers and educators.
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