Covid-19 isolation impacted women moreDate: 26 December 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
A study in Canada has found that women are suffering more than men during the months of Covid-19 isolation.
The findings are based on an online survey of 573 Canadians between March 23 and June 7. It also looks at the difference in age to find a common trend.
At the time of the online survey, schools and many businesses were closed, and people stayed home as much as possible as part of a general lock down to prevent transmission of the virus.
Women experienced poorer sleep and more anxiety, depression and trauma, while also feeling more empathetic than men.
More than 66% of the survey participants reported poor quality of sleep, more than 39% reported increased symptoms of insomnia, and anxiety and distress were increased in the whole sample. Sleep, depression and anxiety symptoms were more prevalent in women.
Their symptoms worsened over time and with greater length of the isolation period. There was a progressive increase in anxiety, depression, poor sleep quality and trauma for males and females.
The study also found that women reported higher scores on a scale measuring empathy, the ability to understand the emotions of others and to care for others.
The greater empathy was, however, associated with greater anxiety, depression and trauma.
The authors speculate women's greater concern and anxiety in relation to being caregivers reflects differences in gender roles and norms.