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Amal Qassim,
Volume 35, Issue 1 (3-2024)

This study aims to explore gender differences in occupational stress sources, coping strategies, and emotional well-being among academic staff in Saudi public universities. The leading theory of transactional stress and coping implies the impact of stress and coping strategies on the health and well-being of people. The study surveyed 475 academic staff, 340 females and 137 males employed in Saudi public universities. They were invited to participate in the study by responding to the questionnaire. The study's significant findings reveal distinct variations in occupational stress levels between male and female academic staff. Additionally, it highlights gender-based differences in coping strategies employed by academic staff. Furthermore, the study identifies a prevalent issue of suboptimal levels of emotional well-being among academic staff at public universities in Saudi Arabia. These findings underscore the importance of addressing gender-specific stressors and promoting strategies for enhancing emotional well-being within the academic environment. The presented results consider relevant research, and the practical implications indicate that when Saudi-based universities implement policies and support systems for their staff members, they should consider the gender-based differences emphasized in this study. This could involve providing targeted support programs and policies to address the specific stressors that male and female academics face. Also, encouraging open communication, promoting work-life balance, and fostering a culture of well-being can contribute to creating a more inclusive and supportive academic environment for all faculty members.

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