If you're a woman and you live in the South Island, you are
more likely to suffer from stress, new research has shown.
The latest Roy Morgan survey revealed women were more
susceptible to stress than men, with more than 22 per cent
saying they were stressed, in contrast with about 13 per cent
Stress levels of people living in the South Island were two
per cent higher than in the North.
Generations Y and Z were the most likely to have been
stressed in the last 12 months, with more than 20 per cent
reporting stress at some point in the year.
Pre-baby boomers were the least stressed, at only 7.9 per
The survey also showed that 628,000 - or one in five - New
Zealanders aged over 14 have experienced stress in the past
"A wide range of factors can contribute to stress; including
work, finance, health and family matters," said Roy Morgan
general manager Pip Elliott.
"In terms of how this has changed historically for the North
and South Island, the biggest increase was among those who
live in the South Island, increasing from 16.5 per cent in
2011 to 19.4 per cent in 2012."
Yet despite the marked increase in stress for the South
Island, Roy Morgan said it wasn't willing to attribute the
results to the Christchurch earthquakes.
"We didn't make that link, that's something that would be
more speculative than hard concrete data," said senior
account manager Jon Hackett.
"We don't ask for the source of the stress in the interviews
but you can speculate.
"That could very well be the case - financial stress due to
He said women in Australia were also much more likely to
suffer stress than men, and Australians living in rural areas
were more likely to suffer stress than those in the city.
- Cassandra Mason of Herald Online