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Women Stressed More Than Men When Work Cuts Into Home Time

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Thanks to technology, we can link into work anywhere, anytime, but the constant office communication can take a toll on the work-life balance, especially for working mothers.

Women tend to feel more guilt and psychological distress than men do when work follows them home, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

These findings held true despite the fact that women were found to balance work and family life just as well as men.

"Although men did report higher levels of work contact while at home, what we saw was that the level of contact didn't make a difference for mens' feelings of guilt or distress.  It did for women," said Scott Schieman, a sociology professor at the University of Toronto and a co-author of the study.

While men and women may feel equally annoyed or inconvenienced by those late-night work e-mails flagged "urgent," this kind of out-of-office intrusion seems to disproportionately affect women, said Schieman.

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