Women and burnout in the context of a pandemic

Maryam Aldossari*, Sara Chaudhry

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This article presents the lived narrative of a female academic with children working in a British university and trying to cope with a completely new way of work and life in the context of the pandemic. The overall aim of the article is to offer a gendered account of burnout—specifically how women may be experiencing burnout at multiple levels, and the efficacy of their subsequent coping strategies. The narrative provides insights into how a range of coping mechanisms such as disengagement, denial, and energy conservation are deployed to deal with the increased responsibilities at work and home as a result of the pandemic. Existing research has viewed burnout as gender neutral, leaving a gap in the literature on the significant differences in both men's and women's experience of burnout as well as their coping behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-834
Number of pages9
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number2
Early online date30 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2021

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  • burnout
  • coping
  • mothers
  • pandemic
  • second shift
  • women


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