February 8th 2019
Working mothers are 40% more stressed than their childless counterparts, according to new a new study.
The research was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Manchester and the University of Essex. Data collected from about 6,000 individuals was then analysed by The UK Household Longitudinal Study.
The study looked at various factors in the individual’s life, including their working life, hormone levels, blood pressure and experiences with stress.
Working mothers with two children
The study found that women who work a full-time job and have two children are 40% more stressed than women who work a full-time job and have no children.
Additionally, women with two children who worked jobs with reduced hours were 37% less stressed than mothers who worked full-time fixed hours.
The same study also revealed that full-time working mothers with one child were 18% more stressed.
The researchers said;
“Work-family conflict is associated with increased psychological strain, with higher levels of stress and lower levels of wellbeing.”
“Parents of young children are at particular risk of work-family conflict. Working conditions that are not flexible to these family demands, such as long working hours, could adversely impact on a person’s stress reactions.”
“Repeated stressful events arising from combinations of social and environmental stressors and major traumatic life events result in chronic stress, which in turn affects health.”
The researchers said that flexible working hours could be hugely beneficial to reducing stress in working mothers and fathers.
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