It’s official. Full-time working mothers with one child are 18% more stressed than other workers, and it’s more than double that for working mums of two children. While this accords with what we have seen/read/encountered it’s now an empirical fact.

Professor Tarani Chandola, of Manchester University, and Dr Cara Booker, Professor Meena Kumari and Professor Michaela Benzeval, of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University, examined 11 indicators of chronic stress, including blood pressure and hormones, in 6025 women. The findings are unsurprising and alarming.

The researchers used 11 markers in five ...

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