Are women more likely to suffer stress?

Yes. The particular demands placed on women workers are often overlooked when people discuss stress. Many working women have the 'double burden' of juggling paid work with childcare and domestic responsibilities. They are also more likely to be working unsocial hours and caring for the elderly and disabled. Balancing these conflicting demands is difficult, tiring and stressful. Figures in the 2014/15 Labour Force Survey show that women aged between 35 and 44 are 67% more likely to suffer work-related stress than men of the same age.

Women also tend to be concentrated in lower-paid, lower-grade jobs in the service sector, particularly retailing, and the hotel and catering industry. They may have little control over their work. Most nurses and teachers are women, two of the most stressful occupations in the UK.

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