Work-family conflict and mental distress of black women in employment in South Africa: a template analysis

Sandy, Peter Thomas ORCID:, Molotsi, Tebogo K. and Rioga, Margaret (2022) Work-family conflict and mental distress of black women in employment in South Africa: a template analysis. Social Sciences, 11 (9). p. 382.

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Work–family conflict causes stress, and exposure to it may lead to mental distress. Yet little is known about work–family conflict and mental distress in Africa. This study reports on the perceptions of black South African women in employment on work–family conflict and the mental distress women may experience when exposed to this conflict. The study utilised interpretative phenomenological analysis as a research design. Data were collected with the help of a semi-structured interview schedule. A total of 20 individual interviews and four focus group interviews comprising five participants each were conducted. All interviews were audio-recorded, and the data obtained were transcribed verbatim and analysed using template analysis. Two level-one theme codes emerged from the data analysis: antecedents of work–family conflict and work–family conflict manifestations. The findings of the study point to the need for managers to work in partnership with employees using family-friendly initiatives such as family supportive supervision for promoting mental well-being.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.3390/socsci11090382
Additional Information: Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI.
Keywords: black women; culture; mental distress; template analysis; Africa; work–family conflict
Subjects: Medicine and health > Mental health
Social sciences > Communication and culture
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Depositing User: Peter Thomas Sandy
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2022 14:46
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:12


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