Vol. 1, Issue 7 (2016)
Occupational stress of women working in professional and non-professional sectors of Kashmir Division (J&K), India: A comparative study
Author(s): Kulsooma Gull, Dr. Tasleema Jan
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to investigate occupational stress of women working in professional and non-professional sectors of Kashmir Division (J&K) - A comparative study. The sample for the study consisted of 400 women working in different professional and non-professional sectors of Kashmir division. Out of 400, 200 were selected from Professional sector viz, Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, College Lecturers, Agriculture Officers, Horticulture Officers, Veterinarians and Bankers and 200 from Non-professional sector viz, Administrators, Social Welfare Officers, Higher Secondary School Principals, Zonal Education Officers, District Forest Officers and undersecretaries. In order to measure the occupational stress among women working in professional and non-professional sectors, occupational stress index developed by A. K. Srivastava and A. P. Singh was used and it covers the following areas: Role Ambiguity, Role Overload, Role Conflict, Unreasonable Group and Political Pressure, Responsibility for Person, Under Participation, Powerlessness, Poor Peer Relations, Intrinsic Impoverishment, Low Status, Strenuous Working Conditions and Unprofitability. The findings of the study revealed that women working in professional and nonprofessional sectors do not differ significantly on occupational stress. It implies that they experience same level of occupational stress which is due to the discrepancy between the demands of the environment or work place and on individual’s ability to carry out and complete these demands.