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Middle aged Women More Likely to Suffer Burn-outs?

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, January 21, 2013   |    1 Comments
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Bangalore: Twenty-first century’s professional as well as social demands in society, can easily lead to burnout. And although it may seem to be gender-neutral, the increasing role and importance of women in society has led researchers to examine the psychological impact of burnout among middle-aged women.

Recent findings indicate that burnout in women may take varied forms, a finding differing to the previously accepted belief that burnout among women stabilizes over a period of time.

Experts conclude that emotional fatigue, physical and cognitive fatigue are both symptoms of burnout. These signs are often caused by extended exposure to stressful inducers. Burnout can contribute immensely towards reduced sleep, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular and immune related disorders.

Authors Annika Evolahti, Ph.D., Daniel Hultell, Ph.D., and Aila Collins, Ph.D., talk about a 9 year research study in a new article published in the Journal of Women’s Health.

They revealed that some middle-aged women incurred high levels of burnout followed by an upturn, whereas others had mounting, thinning, or stable levels over the research period.

Researchers also discovered that a few  recovery patterns were related to fluctuations in work and other types of stress in the women’s lives, which includes individual personality factors.

“This important study expands our understanding of burnout in working women, in terms of both patterns of development and relation to various stressors and individual factors,” says Susan G. Kornstein, M.D., editor-in-chief, Journal of Women’s Health.

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