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Health implications of work-related stress in women and men
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS). Department of Psychology.
2007 (English)In: Arbeit und Gesundheit: Zum aktuellen Stand in einem Forschungs- und Praxisfeld, Pabst Science Publishers , 2007, 15-27 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Muscular pains, stress, fatigue, and headaches are the most common work-related health problems in the European Union, and psychosocial stress is assumed to play an important role in these disorders. This paper is describing some modern work conditions contributing to stress, major bodily responses to stress and potential health consequences in women and men. It is concluded that demands for constant activity, competition, and personal responsibilities are increasiing. The borders between work and other parts of life are becoming blurred and time for rest and recovery is deminishing, which contributes to allostatic load. In modern societies, the lack of recuperation seems to be more important for health problems than the intensity of stress and physical demands at work. Many women find the combined load from paid and unpaid work responsibilities to be too high. To encourage and help both women and men to find a reasonable work-life balance, economic and political societal measures seem necessary.

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Pabst Science Publishers , 2007. 15-27 p.
Keyword [en]
work stress, gender differenes, health
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-9370ISBN: 978-3-89967-397-5OAI: diva2:175889
Available from: 2008-11-03 Created: 2008-11-03Bibliographically approved

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