The Psychological well-being of Working Women During Covid-19 Pandemic in India: A Web Based Survey
Keywords:Perceived Stress Scale, Generalized Anxiety disorder Scale, Psychological well-being and Working women.
Background: The current COVID 19 pandemic has had a global effect, affecting almost all. Women, on the
other hand, have been affected somewhat differently (if not more severely) around the world, for reasons
that go beyond biology. Some of these effects were counteracted by job autonomy and partner support. In
general, the pandemic had a greater impact on women’s mental health than it did on men’s. As a result,
the study’s aim is to identify potential risk factors that may affect the psychological well-being of working
women during this pandemic.
Method: The Perceived Stress Scale and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale were used to assess
stress and anxiety levels, while the WHO scale was used to assess psychological well-being. Spearmen’s
correlation coefficient was calculated between the descriptive variable and other variables such as PSS,
GAD, and WHO to see whether there was any correlation between them.
Results: In a study of 258 working women, nearly 63.95 % of those in the 20 to 30 age group reported mild
to moderate stress, while 26.04 % of those in the 31 to 40 age group reported moderate stress, and only a
few around 6 to 7 % of women in the 41 to 50 age group reported moderate stress. Women who worked
from home had a moderate stress level of 19.56 % and received pay cuts of 40 to 48 %. Women who worked
more than 8 hours had a stress level of 40 to 46 %, while women without children had a slight anxiety level
of 20 %.
Conclusion: Working women’s psychological health is disrupted by the pandemic, according to the
findings, since their stress levels are almost moderate and their anxiety levels are mild. Wage cuts, working
in the private sector, and working more than 8 hours were all high risk factors for stress and anxiety in
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