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Master of Science (MS)




The purpose of this study was to assess daily hassles and uplifts in women employed full time, part time, and not employed. From three pools of 100 names in each employment category, 90 subjects were randomly selected. Questionnaires related to daily hassles and uplifts and perceived stress and health were mailed to subjects and 83% of the questionnaires were returned. The resultant sample of 74 subjects was comprised of 24 full-time, 25 part-time, and 25 nonemployed women.

The means for hassles frequency, 21.52 ( = 13.20), and intensity, 1.44 ( £D = 0.32), indicated that subjects' hassles were low and mild. Means for uplifts frequency, 52.95 ( SD = 24.36), and intensity, 1.85 ( SO = 0.36), showed that uplifts were moderate in number and severity. The most commonly identified hassle was a concern about weight and the uplift was visiting, phoning, or writing someone.

A one-way ANOVA showed that women employed full time perceived their stress as higher than the other two groups ( F j 2,71 ] = 7.16, q < .001).

Health was perceived as good and was the same for all three groups of women in this study. A significant correlation between uplifts intensity and health was found ( 1 = .23, £ < .05). Findings from this study could be used by nurses in planning women's health maintenance programs and for identification of women at risk for illness.