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20/9/2013

UPF: Scandinavian women occupying managerial positions suffer most psychosocial risks at work

UPF: Scandinavian women occupying managerial positions suffer most psychosocial risks at work


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A new study published on September 19 in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, directed by Fernando García-Benavides, director of the Center for Health Research (CISAL), a specific research center of the UPF that examines inequalities between men and women in exposure to psychosocial risk factors arising from work in Europe.

The results of the study which analyzed a sample of men and women from twenty-eight European countries (a total sample of 12,402 women and 15,063 men), reveals that women bear the worst conditions in Scandinavia and best, men in Anglo-Saxon countries. The data come from the fourth European Working Conditions Survey 2005.

In Scandinavia women managers and professionals showed the highest prevalence rate in three psychosocial risks. Researchers at the University Pompeu Fabra University have studied how gender inequalities in exposure to psychosocial risk factors arising from work in Europe varies depending on the welfare state and occupational social class.

"That there is a higher proportion of women exposed to work-related psychosocial risks is explained in part by time spent caring for children or dependents at home, a task that falls mainly on women, even though certain changes have improve the unequal division of household tasks," the authors assume.