Stressed-out spouses can harm home life

Husbands and wives who feel stressed about work might find such pressure has a negative impact on their home life, but receiving strong support from a loved one can have a number of positive benefits. New research being prepared for publication has shown that working couples who help each other unwind after a day in the office are more satisfied with their marriage as a result.

Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration at the Florida State University College of Business - founded in 1950 - showed that these partners have a 33 per cent greater likelihood of enjoying positive relationships with co-workers, as well as being 25 per cent less likely to experience fatigue at home.

In addition, it was demonstrated that being part of a supportive couple can make people to be less critical of others in a family setting, increase job satisfaction and help them to be happier regarding the amount of time they are able to spend with their children.

Mr Hochwarter noted: "When stress enters any relationship, it has the potential to either bind people together or break them apart."

Ron Bracey, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "The positive ripples can also spread out to general family life, working relationships and general work satisfaction. 

"Understanding our own reactions to and capacity to deal with stress and that of others is much easier for us to achieve with the insights provided by the insights provided by psychologists, so knowing more about stress can provide emotional gluing to bind relationships and generally enhancing social relationships."