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Supervisor’s Gender Impacts Worker’s Mental Health

womanNew research from the University of Toronto suggests a person’s gender in a leadership role is associated with their subordinate’s mental and physical health.

The study conducted by Scott Schieman, a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto and Taralyn McMullen, a PhD candidate, involved data from a 2005 sample of 1,800 working adults in the United States.

The participants were assessed on levels of psychological distress, physical symptoms, occupation, job sector, and numerous work conditions including authority, pressures, the quality of interpersonal relations, and satisfaction.

The study examined workers who were managed by two supervisors (one male, one female), one same-sex supervisor or one supervisor of a different sex.

The study found that:

    • Women working under a lone female supervisor reported more distress and physical symptoms than did women working for a male supervisor.
    • Women who reported to a mixed-gender pair of supervisors indicated a higher level of distress and physical symptoms than their counterparts with one male manager.
    • Men working under a single supervisor had similar levels of distress regardless of their boss’ gender.
    • When supervised by two managers, one male and one female, men reported lower distress levels and fewer physical symptoms than men who worked for a lone male supervisor.

“The gender of supervisors matters differently for the health of women and men subordinates—and this pattern generally holds net of an array of workplace conditions,” said Schieman.

Source: University of Toronto

Supervisor’s Gender Impacts Worker’s Mental Health

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Supervisor’s Gender Impacts Worker’s Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/09/10/supervisors-gender-impacts-workers-mental-health/2908.html

 

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