Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 27–42

Sources and magnitude of job stress among physicians

  • Layne A. Simpson
  • Linda Grant

DOI: 10.1007/BF00844766

Cite this article as:
Simpson, L.A. & Grant, L. J Behav Med (1991) 14: 27. doi:10.1007/BF00844766


Research has suggested that physicians' jobs are more stressful than many other types of work, but sources of job stress for physicians have rarely been measured systematically. Interview data from 204 young physicians (57 women, 147 men) were used to construct four scales of sources of job stress: patient relationships, business/financial issues, time pressures, and competence concerns. The latter is a stronger source of stress for doctors in early practice. Sources and intensity of job stressors do not vary significantly by gender, but medical practice problems are more stressful in nonprofit than in for-profit practices. Early-career doctors appeared to experience only moderate levels of stress, and stressors were not related to impaired mental health.

Key words

job stressphysiciangender

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Layne A. Simpson
    • 1
  • Linda Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe University of GeorgiaAthens