Women who experience workplace sexism more likely to struggle with mental health

Any woman who has experienced workplace sexism will not be surprised to find out that new research shows it can take a serious toll on mental health.

study of 190 women working in male-dominated environments showed that organisational and interpersonal sexism were associated with a lesser sense of belonging in the industry, which was in turn associated with poorer mental health.

Examples of sexism cited in the study include: “Women receiving unwelcome sexual advances, being touched inappropriately, receiving inappropriate comments about their body or appearance, being exposed to sexist jokes and comments, and being exposed to pornography.”

The researchers predicted that a sense of belonging could increase job satisfaction and mental health, but that workplace sexism would decrease women’s sense of belonging because it represents a form of bullying, rejection, and ostracism by men against their female co-workers.

The study, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, showed this to be the case.

Full story: Independent

Author: Philip Challinor
Posted on: 13th February 2019