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Changing Face of Burnout In Middle-Aged Women

Professional and social demands in today’s hectic society can easily lead to burnout. And although it is gender-neutral, the expanding role and importance of women in society has led researchers to investigate the psychological impact of burnout on middle-aged women.

New research suggests burnout in women may take many forms, a finding contrary to the belief that burnout in women stabilizes over time.

Experts say emotional exhaustion and physical and cognitive fatigue are both signs of burnout. These symptoms are often caused by prolonged exposure to stress. Burnout can cause poor sleep, depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular and immune disorders.

Authors Annika Evolahti, Ph.D., Daniel Hultell, Ph.D., and Aila Collins, Ph.D., discuss the findings from a nine-year study in a new article published in the Journal of Women’s Health.

They discovered some middle-aged women had high levels of burnout followed by recovery, whereas others had increasing, decreasing, or stable levels over the research period.

Researchers discovered the recovery patterns were related to changes in work and other types of stress in the women’s lives, including 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,” said Susan G. Kornstein, M.D., editor-in-chief of Journal of Women’s Health.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert

Changing Face of Burnout In Middle-Aged Women

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Changing Face of Burnout In Middle-Aged Women. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from
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