Women Who Work Excessively Have Higher Risk of Depression

women who work excessively have risk of depression

A study, recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, finds that women who work excessively, 55 working hours or more per week, are at higher risk of developing depression.

To make this conclusion, a team of researchers examined data received from the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) that tracked health information of approximately 40,000 households in UK.

The researchers note that while men usually spend longer hours at work, women often have a “potential double burden” when performing household duties and caring for family members. This type of work is unpaid and increases their workload.

The authors of the study write: “Previous studies have found that once unpaid housework and caring is accounted for, women work longer than men, on average, and that this has been linked to poorer physical health.”

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