Women bosses more depressed
A new study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior says that female bosses are more likely to be depressed than male bosses.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin analyzed data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study from 1957-2004. That study included data from more than 1,300 men and 1,500 women. In 1993, when participants were around the age of 54, researchers noted their professional titles and depression symptoms from 1993 to 2004.
The results indicated women who were in a position of power and authority—with the ability to hire and fire people and influence their pay—exhibited much higher signs of depression than women not in these power roles. Conversely, the researchers found that men in positions of authority were less likely to be depressed than men without authority.
This study and previous ones have suggested that women in authority who show assertiveness and confidence are viewed negatively for displaying those behaviors and that that can increase their levels of stress and risk of depression.