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Research has examined the experiences of women in the workplace, yet women's experiences during pregnancy have been neglected to a large extent. Stress during pregnancy has consistently been shown to lead to detrimental consequences for women and their babies. Using the job stress theories, a conceptual model of stress during pregnancy is developed. This model includes factors from multiple levels (i.e., individual, interpersonal, sociocultural, and community) and highlights the role of job stress during pregnancy. In order to gain a deeper understanding of job stress during pregnancy, three pregnancy-specific organizational stressors are identified (i.e., perceived pregnancy discrimination, pregnancy disclosure, and identity-role conflict) and hypothesized to result in detrimental organizational, health, and family outcomes through experienced stress. The moderating roles of resources (i.e., self-regulation and resiliency) are also examined. Analyses of time-separated data from 124 pregnant employees revealed that women experience pregnancy-specific job stressors and that these stressors are associated with a variety of adverse outcomes. Furthermore, mediated moderation analyses revealed that self-regulation and resiliency function as coping resources during the stress process. Finally, a q-sort analysis of learning during pregnancy revealed nine learning themes. Contributions and future directions for research are discussed.
A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Management in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
Pamela L. Perrewé, Professor Directing Dissertation; Joseph G. Grzywacz, University Representative; Chad H. Van Iddekinge, Committee Member; Shanna R. Daniels, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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