Health scare of the week
Long hours stress women more
Women who work long hours are more likely to suffer from depression than men who do the same, a new study has found. British researchers examined data from a study involving 20,000 adults, reports The Times (U.K.). Compared with women who worked a regular week of between 35 and 40 hours, women who worked 55-plus hours were 7.3 percent more likely to show symptoms of depression, such as stress, insomnia, and feelings of worthlessness. Men who worked the same hours did not show a similar increase. Lead author Gill Weston, from University College London, stressed that the study didn’t show cause and effect. But she suggested that the difference could be because women tend to do more housework, “leading to extensive total work hours, added time pressures, and overwhelming responsibilities.” The study also found that both men and women who regularly worked weekends were more likely to become depressed than those with normal hours.