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The American Psychological Association conducted a survey on stress between the genders in America and found interesting results. For the first time, middle-aged men are reporting greater stress connected to work stability, their job and money. Stress levels were collected on more than 2,000 adults. Each age group had fascinating results.  

In the 45 - 54 age group, 86% of men stated that money was a great concern. On the other hand, women in the same age group reported a decrease in financial related stress from 83% to 78%. Within this same age group, men also reported work as a greater stressor than women. The same pattern was found in the 35 - 44 age group between men and women.  

Traditionally, women have reported greater stress than men. What may be causing the change in perception of levels of stress in the genders? Researchers are speculating that the current recession is causing greater layoffs in male-dominated industries. Men greatly attain their identities from their work and their ability to support a family. When these two areas in their lives are being challenged economically, many men are perceiving the current situation as very stressful. As men take on greater responsibility for the levels of stress in the home, it may give women a small break from assuming full responsibility for the stresses the family is encountering.  

During times of stress, healthy coping mechanisms are crucial.

    * Eat Well

    * Stay Physically Active

    * Utilize Support Systems

    * Maintain Gratitude

    * Maintain a Positive Outlook.

*For more information, please contact Dr. Drecun at [Link Removed] 

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