Commuting more stressful for women

Going to and from work every day – the daily commute – has a negative psychological impact on women, while men are hardly affected, according to a new study.

Researchers believe that this could be down to the domestic role women play, as they still tend to do more chores and housework than men and could therefore be more sensitive to commuting pressures.

Prof Jennifer Roberts, from the University of Sheffield, an economist who co-authored the study,said: 'We know that women, especially those with children, are more likely to add daily errands to their commute, such as food shopping and dropping off and picking up children from childcare.

'These time constraints and the reduced flexibility that comes with them make commuting stressful in a way that it wouldn't be otherwise.'

The study, entitled 'It's driving her mad: Gender differences in the effects of commuting on psychological health', used data from the British Household Panel Survey which looked at information about employment, social and economic factors. It has been published today in the Journal Of Health Economics. The study found that those women with children that are pre-school age were affected worst, and calculated that they experience four times the levels of stress than men with pre-school age kids.

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