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Title: Banking on good health? Gender differences in minor morbidity amongst men and women working full-time in a British bank.
Author: Emslie, Carol.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3447 7593
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1997
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Aims. Many studies which find significant differences in minor morbidity between men and women have not taken account of the gendered distribution of social roles. Nor have they considered the gendered segregation of the labour market; men and women typically work different hours in different occupations which involve varying conditions. This study attempts to fill this gap in the literature by comparing the health of men and women working fulltime for one organization (a British Bank). It addresses three main questions: " are there gender differences in minor morbidity after controlling for occupational participation and occupational grade in this relatively homogenous sample? " how important is gender in accounting for minor morbidity compared to other independent variables? " are the relationships between predictors and health outcomes similar for men and women? Method. A postal questionnaire was distributed to men and women working full-time in clerical, supervisory and management grades in a large British bank. Completed questions were received from 76% of the sample (N=2200). Results. First, women reported a significantly higher number of common symptoms, malaise symptoms, doctor visits and sick days than men, and were more likely to rate their health as fair or poor. However, there were no significant gender differences in the number of reported physical symptoms, nor in minor psychological morbidity as measured by the GHQ.. Secondly, perceived working conditions explained a much larger proportion of variance in the sample than gender. Finally, relationships between predictors and health outcomes were generally very similar for men and women. This study demonstrates the utility of exploring gender differences in minor morbidity using social role theory (by controlling for participation in paid employment and attitudes toward this role) while also taking account of social class (by controlling for occupation and occupational grade).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology