Women Face More Redundancies but Men More Stressed by Unemployment

Man-holding-money New research from the University of Cambridge suggests that men are hit harder by credit crunch stress. Earlier polls suggested that more women say they are worried about the possibility of losing their jobs than men, and indeed there has been a sharper decline in women’s jobs than men’s. However, the research suggests men may put on a braver face, as job insecurity causes more symptoms of anxiety and depression in men than in women. Dr. Brendan Burchell's team looked at thousands of people since 1991 and found that while men claim to be less concerned about job insecurity than women, they show more signs of being stressed, anxious and depressed“In part there is a macho issue about men being the breadwinner,” Dr Burchell said. “Men, unlike women, have few positive ways of defining themselves outside of the workplace between when they leave school and when they retire. Despite several decades of more equal employment opportunities for men and women, men retain traditional beliefs that their masculinity is threatened if their employment is threatened.”

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