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A study on stress and depression experienced by women IT professionals in Chennai, India

Authors Balasubramanian Vimala, Chokalingam Madhavi

Published 5 August 2009 Volume 2009:2 Pages 81—91

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S6049

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Balasubramanian Vimala, Chokalingam Madhavi

Department of Business Administration, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, India

Abstract: Our study explores the influence of age and experience on stress and depression and the relationship between stress and depression among women information technology (IT) professionals in Chennai, India. The present study aimed (1) to find out the level of stress and depression experienced by women IT professionals, (2) to understand the impact of age and experience on stress and depression, and (3) to study the relationship between stress and depression. The study was conducted in Chennai, India with a sample of 500 women IT professionals. The sample selection was done by a convenience sampling method. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive one-way analysis of variance and Pearson’s correlation test. Results showed that the women IT professionals experience moderate level of overall stress and stress dimensions. This study also reveals that 84% of the respondents experience medium level of depression and also suggest that age and experience significantly influence the overall stress and depression experienced by the employees. Our study shows that there might be a strong relationship between overall stress and depression.

Keywords: age, experience, stress, depression, women IT professionals

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