Professional Stress, Discrimination and Coping Strategies : Similarities and Differences between Female and Male Judges in Switzerland

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Abstract This chapter contributes towards understanding the effect of gender on judging. It examines whether the experiences of women and men judges with their profession support a gender differences or a gender similarities hypothesis. Women and men judges in Switzerland (N = 243) were asked to rank their experiences with professional difficulties, coping strategies, work-life balance, satisfaction and discrimination to determine whether there were differences or similarities due to gender. Significant differences between women and men judges' mean rankings support a gender differences hypothesis, while differences not significant support a gender similarities hypothesis. Findings upheld gender similarities for experiences with professional difficulties, the use of most of the coping strategies, most experiences with work-life balance and satisfaction. Findings upheld gender differences for some coping strategies and experiences of discrimination. Women judges reported using mediation and social support as coping strategies and experienced gender discrimination significantly more than men did. Overall, 27 per cent of findings support a gender differences hypothesis, while 73 per cent support a gender similarities hypothesis.
Authors Ludewig, Revital & Lallave, Juan
Editors Schultz, Ulrike & Shaw, Gisela
Language English
Keywords Gender, Coping, Work-life-balance, Judges, Switzerland,
Subjects law
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 2013
Publisher Hart Publishing
Place of Publication Oxford
Series Name Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Page Range 233-252
Number of Pages 20
Title of Book Gender and Judging
ISBN 978-184113640-0
Depositing User Arlinda Abduli
Date Deposited 26 Jul 2013 13:38
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:17
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/224652

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Ludewig, Revital & Lallave, Juan: Professional Stress, Discrimination and Coping Strategies : Similarities and Differences between Female and Male Judges in Switzerland. In Schultz, Ulrike & Shaw, Gisela (ed.): Gender and Judging. Oxford : Hart Publishing, 2013, S. 233-252.

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