Married Women Are Experts In Combating Stress
January 19, 2008
Happily married women may be able to beat job stress better than their husbands, a new study of 60 Californian couples shows.
All couples studied by the researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) had dull time jobs. They had two to three kids and a mortgage. For four days, the husbands and wives kept diaries about their job stress. They also provided saliva samples four times daily and rated their marital satisfaction.
The researchers measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the saliva samples. After a stressful day at work, cortisol levels faded fastest in happily married wives, reported the online edition of health magazine WebMD. The Study’s findings suggest that it is easier for satisfied wives to unwind from work, stress while women in unhappy marriages don’t get as much comfort from coming home.
“Wives in happier marriages may have had greater access to the space, time and support needed to recuperate after busy days,” the researchers write. Husbands were a different story. After negative social interactions at work, men’s cortisol levels stayed high in the evening, even those in happy marriages. Researchers said the body’s ways of coping with stress might be more sensitive to quality of marriage in women than in men.
“A woman can make or break a home”- that’s what my mother says. I hope this trend catches on soon and the number of divorce and broken homes rate come down in the new year.
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