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Minerva Psichiatrica 2012 March;53(1):79-89

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Mental health and women’s work: is balance possible?

Tomei G. 1, Ciarrocca M. 2, Scimitto L. 2, Di Pastena C. 2, Fiaschetti M. 2, Cetica C. 2, Federici F. 2, Capozzella A. 2, Schifano M. P. 2, Caciari T. 2, Tomei F. 2, Sancini A. 2

1 Department of Psychiatric and Psychological Science, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy;
2 Unit of Occupational Medicine, Department of Anatomy, Histology, Medical-Legal and the Orthopedics, University of Rome “Sapienza” , Rome, Italy


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The role of women has considerably changed over the centuries. In the past they always held a lower position than men, today, thanks to many important achievements at work and in society, they can aim at a flourishing career or managerial positions in every field. It is more and more widespread “the double work women accomplish” they are busy on two different fronts: at home and at work. This heavy load of work is a major source of psycho-physical stress for women and it inevitably creates the basis for the onset of serious uneasiness: cardiovascular disease, endocrinological, immunological and psychological disorders. This review wants to highlight these aspects and try to understand if and how much this change of women’s role in society can be a real advantage for them. Anxiety and depression are more frequent also due to the exposure to increasing phenomena of female bullying and mobbing in workplaces. The need to effectuate policies and strategies to facilitate the presence of women in the world of work is therefore fondamental.

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