A lot of working women have higher risk for depression than men

If women work long, you increase your risk for depression

Depression is widespread in today’s time. The Stress at work can be a reason why people develop depression. Experts found out now that women develop with long working hours, frequent bouts of depression, compared with long work men.

The scientists from the University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary University in London found in their current joint investigation, many hours of work have women’s greater risk for depression, compared with the same long working men. The doctors published the results of their study in the English-language specialist journal of the BMJ, “Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health“.

Depression can occur in different forms and degrees of severity. When women work for a long time, this increases your risk for depression. (Image: sompong_tom/fotolia.com)

55 hours of work per week, the Depression increases risk

If women work more than 55 hours a week increases your risk for depression, compared with women who had a normal 35 to 40 hour week. The current study included more than 20,000 adult volunteers. It showed point of view that children have different effects on the work patterns of men and women to occur. So mothers tend to work less than women without children, while fathers worked more hours than men without children. A total of longer work were, on average, in men times.

Women suffer from additional stress

It was the research an observational study. Although the exact causes could not be determined, it is known that many women are faced with the additional burden of providing a larger share of the house work than men, which leads to extensive working hours, the additional time pressure and Stress. Also, did women often work on the weekends, tend to be lower-paid Jobs in the service sector, which are associated with a higher degree of Depression. The physicians call for more support for women who spend many hours in the workplace. The researchers found that many women also have to struggle home with a considerable burden. If women worked more than 55 hours per week, did you suffer an increased risk of 7.3 per cent lower depressive symptoms.

Possible explanations for the increased risk

The gender roles could be some of the results are explained, since women often have to combine long or irregular working hours with unpaid domestic and care tasks. Because men continue to do less housework and childcare than women, according to the research team. Another possibility for the explanation of the fact that men tend to more than women and therefore have the feeling that their extra work hours would not be useful. One of the theories on work-related Stress explains that Stress arises when an imbalance between the effort of the employees and the rewards and the support is received as consideration. Future studies will hopefully confirm the possible explanations.

Weekend work led to depression

The weekend work was associated with a higher risk for depression in men and women. Women who worked during the whole weekend, or a great part thereof, had, on average, 4.6 percent more depressive symptoms than women who worked only on weekdays. For comparison, this value was in men at only 3.4 percent. About two-thirds of the male subjects worked on weekends, compared with half of women. Participants who have worked on the most of the weekends, were more likely to be in low-skilled jobs, and with your Job and your income is less satisfied than those who have only worked from Monday to Friday, or on some weekends. (as)