Title

Gender Differences in Perceived Work Demands, Family Demands, and Life Stress among Married Chinese Employees

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

Although gender-based division of labour and the identity theory of stress suggest that the relationship between work and family demands and life stress may vary as a function of gender, it is largely unknown whether these arguments are also valid in China. To address this gap in the existing literature, the current study investigates the gender differences in perceived work and family demands, and the effects of these perceived demands on the life stress of Chinese male and female employees. The study of 153 married Chinese employees found that Chinese women perceived a higher level of family demands than did Chinese men, whereas there was no significant gender difference in the perception of work demands. In addition, while perceived family demands were similarly related to life stress differently for men and women, perceived work demands were associated more strongly with the life stress of men than that of women.

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Management and Organization Review

Volume

2

Issue

2

First Page

209

Last Page

229

ISSN

1740-8776

Identifier

10.1111/j.1740-8784.2006.00041.x