Danger zone

Working with too many men causes stress, study finds

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Be careful, ladies: Working with too many men could be taxing for your health! At least, that is the conclusion of a new study by the Indiana University Bloomington, which looked at the daily stress hormone patterns for over 440 women working in male-dominated fields (more than 85 percent male). They found that these women showed less healthy patterns of cortisol, a hormone linked to social stress, than women working in more gender-balanced environments. The findings add to prior evidence that women in male-dominated occupations, such as construction supervisors and engineers, often experience negative social workplace climate, with stressors such as social isolation, sexual harassment and low levels of support in the workplace.

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