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Stress Survey: Women Vs. Men

Nearly everyone feels stress at one time or another, but a new survey finds women are more likely than men to suffer its ill effects, reports CBS News Correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin.

According to the survey, 21 percent of women in 30 different countries say they feel "super stressed," compared to 15 percent of men. At 24 percent, the most stressed are full-time working mothers with children under 13.

In the survey, research firm Roper Starch Worldwide finds that the majority of Americans - 8 2 percent of women and 70 percent of men - of Americans feel stressed out at least a few times a month.

"We have the responsibilities of work combined with the responsibilities of home, which usually falls on the woman. Men tend to focus more on their work responsibilities," says clinical psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Carll.

"I'm generally up very early. I get myself ready, I get my kids ready, I'm preparing their lunches, I'm packing their lunch bags," says Nicola Godfrey, Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother magazine.

It's not just the millions of women devoted to juggling many tasks who are affected. The survey also found women in all walks of life - single, married, divorced and widowed - report feeling more stress than men.

Psychologist Karen Zager says the results aren't surprising. "A lot of women are having a hard time prioritizing and they're not sure which roles to let go of," she says.

So what can men and women do to wind down from daily stress?

The survey shows that for 59 percent of women, taking a bath or shower is a significant stress reducer. Forty percent of men surveyed agree.

Also, the survey suggests that department stores could offer short, fully-clothed, seated massage sessions with qualified massage therapists. And since women who shop to reduce stress are more likely than average to admit they are impulse buyers, they may go in for a massage and leave with a whole array of attractively packaged and displayed bath and beauty products.

Some stressed-out women's tendency to impulse shop also has implications for the kinds of products stores may want to place near checkout areas. In addition to bath products, music seems to be a good bet. It is the top stress reducer for both 64 percent of women and 62 percent of men.

More than one third of women and one in five men curl up with a good book when they're stressed. Other noted stress reducers include gardening, cooking and engaging in a hobby.

Fifty-four percent of stressed women and 52 percent of stressed men watch TV to relax.

Countries participating in the study included the United States, Japan, Italy, Indonesia and Venezuela.

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