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Racial discrimination, ethnicity and work stress

Wadsworth, Emma Jane Kirsty ORCID:, Dhillon, K., Shaw, Christine, Bhui, K., Stansfeld, S. and Smith, Andrew Paul ORCID: 2007. Racial discrimination, ethnicity and work stress. Occupational Medicine 57 (1) , pp. 18-24. 10.1093/occmed/kql088

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Background Previous research has suggested higher work stress among minority ethnic workers. Aims To determine levels of work stress in three ethnic groups, consider the contribution of racial discrimination to the groups' profiles of occupational and demographic associations with stress, and assess the association between work stress and well-being. Methods A household quota sample design was used, and 204 black African–Caribbean, 206 Bangladeshi and 216 white (UK born) working people took part in structured interviews. Results More black African–Caribbean respondents reported high work stress than either Bangladeshi or white respondents. Reported racial discrimination among black African–Caribbean female respondents was strongly associated with perceived work stress. Among the black African–Caribbean respondents, women who reported experiencing racial discrimination at work had higher levels of psychological distress. Conclusions Perceived work stress may be underpinned by exposure to racial discrimination at work among black African–Caribbean women, and this may affect their psychological well-being.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnicity; racial discrimination; work stress
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0962-7480
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 08:42

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