A eudaimonic perspective on prejudice and female workers’ psychological well-being

Tala Abuhussein, Tamer Koburtay*, Jawad Syed

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to use Ryff’s (1989) eudaimonic view to examine how prejudice toward female workers affects their psychological well-being.

Design/methodology/approach
Responses were collected through face-to-face semi-structured interviews along with open-ended questions in a paper-based survey. In total, 24 female workers across various organizations in Jordan participated in this study.

Findings
The results show how prejudice against female workers can affect the six dimensions of their eudaimonic psychological well-being (Ryff, 1989). Specifically, the results show that prejudice may push women to work harder to prove they are capable of achieving their goals and, as a result, it may positively enhance their self-acceptance, sense of growth, purpose in life and autonomy. However, the study also shows that prejudice against women negatively affects their environmental mastery and relationships with others.

Practical implications
This study may help create greater sensitivity and awareness about gender prejudice and its effects on female workers’ psychological well-being. It also highlights women’s resilience which may be deemed valuable to develop women in leadership roles in organizations.

Originality/value
This study offers a fresh and nuanced understanding of the impact of gender prejudice on female workers’ psychological well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-328
JournalGender in Management
Volume36
Issue number3
Early online date31 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

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