Job Stress and Work-Family Life: Experiences of Women Academics in Pakistan

Year: 2019

Author: Imran, Romana

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The present study is a qualitative exploration of the experiences of women academics with job stress about their work-family lives. This study provides an insight into the influences of job stress on professional and family lives of women academics in Pakistan. Data were collected from 20 women academics from different departments of two public universities of Lahore. Participants were recruited through purposive and snowball sampling. Semi-structured interviews were conducted. The duration of the interview was ranged from 45-60 minutes. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the interview transcripts. The findings of the study revealed that the participants had some intrinsic or extrinsic motivating factors behind choosing academia as a profession. However, they were going through a kind of pull between their work and family responsibilities. They consider themselves neither good mothers nor good teachers. They have suggested certain measures to be taken at the individual and institutional level to combat job stress.