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17th Nov 2019

Marriage is actually twice as stressful as raising children, study finds


Can’t say I’m surprised.

When it comes to raising kids, I think I can safely say it’s no walk in the park.

9 months of pregnancy, childbirth and at least 18 years of dedication? The STRESS of it.

If you had asked me yesterday what is the most stressful thing in the world, I would have led with kids.

However, I would have been very wrong.

A study found that marriage stresses women out twice as much as children do.


In fact, in a pretty shocking twist, the research found that marriage is twice as stressful as raising kiddos.


The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Padova.

The results found that 75 percent of the women involved did most of the parenting and the household duties. Quelle surprise?

One in five of the women in the study said that their main cause of stress resulted from a lack of support from their hubby.

The study also discovered that the health of man deteriorates drastically when their wife passes away.


However, on the other hand, when a woman loses her husband she actually becomes healthier, because they handle stress better.

“Widows cope better than widowers with the stress deriving from the loss of a partner” said Dr Caterina Trevisan, of the University of Padova.

Dr Caterina spoke to The Telegraph about her findings as a whole, explaining the reasons behind the findings.

“Since women generally have a longer lifespan than men, married women may also suffer from the effects of caregiver burden, since they often devote themselves to caring for their husband in later life.”

What do you reckon? Do you trust these findings?