Home life may be more stressful than the office, study finds

May 22, 2014 4:12 PM

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Heading home after a long day of work, you may hope to unwind from the stresses of the day. But a new study published by the Council on Contemporary Families says your stress levels may actually be lower at work than in your own home. The study, conducted by three Penn State researchers, measured people’s cortisol levels, a biological marker of stress, and found a significant drop in levels of stress at the office.

The findings of the study may sound counterintuitive. A 2005 Families and Work Institute study cited by the CCF report says almost 90 percent of workers polled feel they do not have enough time in their day to do their job. For those trying to strike a balance between work and home responsibilities,...

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