Organizational Role Stress: Perceptions of Women Agricultural Assistants from Kerala

Anshida Beevi, Monika Wason, R.N.Padaria, Premlata Singh, Pramod Kumar , Eldho Varghese and Niveta Jain


Stresses disrupt the physical or psychological functioning of individuals. Occupational Stress occurs in a reaction to events or situations in the work environment. Different studies have classified occupational stress in terms of different aspects such as physical environment, role stressors, organizational structure, job characteristics and professional relationships. Organizational Role Stress (ORS) is defined as the stress resulting from the occupation of an organizational role and performing or not being able to perform therein (Pareek.1983). The present study has been undertaken to understand the perceived organizational role stress by the women agricultural assistants from Kerala State Department of Agriculture. Expost- facto research design was followed in the study. A sample comprising of 120 women agricultural assistants were selected through multistage random sampling. Organizational role stress was measured using a Likert-type scale, which consisted of two broad groups of stressors namely family role stressor and work role stressors. The scale was pre-tested during pilot study and Cronbach’s alpha found to be 0.95 which was significant. The study found that except role erosion stressor, all other role stressors were at moderate or high level. Further, non-parametric two-way analysis showed that there was a highly significant difference between different stressors. Stress due to role overload followed by inter-role distance was the major problem with mean ranks 9.783 and 7.871 respectively.

Keyword: Organizational role stress; Occupational stress; Extension personnel;

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