Dr. Legato shares how women respond to stress differently than men.
Women respond quite differently to stress than men. In the first place, different things stress women than men. We have done a study of the workplace conditions, and we find that men are motivated by the amount of power that they acquire and by the amount of money that they earn as the primary motivations of why they work and what makes them happy at work.
In contrast, women are much more impressed with or sensitive to the atmosphere of the workplace. They enjoy friendship among their colleagues, they enjoy feeling appreciated, they enjoy being thanked, and I think stress at work is quite different in terms of its etiology, in women and men.
Women have a particularly stressful existence which in fact puts them at risk for coronary disease. If they have work that’s poorly rewarded, that they don’t enjoy, and then they go back and have a double load of going back to have the primary responsibilities for raising children, keeping their social calendar, and maintaining the household, the Framingham Study showed this and showed that such women were at the highest risk of coronary disease.
About Dr. Legato:
Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Founder and Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University in 1997. It is the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has received many awards for her leadership role in women's health.
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