2013 - 2014 Self-Perceived Life and Work Stress

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information about self-perceived life stress among residents aged 15 and over and self-perceived work stress among residents aged 20-64 living in Halton Region and Ontario.

Background

Stress is a normal and rather common life experience, yet too much stress can result in serious health concerns. Stress can present itself in many forms and signs of it can include irritability, changes in sleep patterns, changes in weight or appetite, difficulty concentrating, negative thinking, and restlessness. Stress can arise for many different reasons and can occur due to events in one’s personal or work life. Stress is a risk factor for many conditions including heart disease, bowel disease and mental illness. Stress can contribute to negative health behaviours such as smoking, over-consumption of alcohol, and poor diet. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and a supportive social network can help to reduce stress.

This health indicator report uses data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Key Findings

Self-Perceived Life Stress

Overall Findings

  • In 2013/14, 8% of Halton residents aged 15 and over reported that most days of their life were not at all stressful, 27% reported most days as not very stressful, 43% a bit stressful, 19% quite a bit stressful and 3% extremely stressful.
  • When compared to Halton, Ontario had a significantly higher percentage of residents who reported that most days were not at all stressful. There were no significant differences in any other categories.

Trends Over Time

  • In 2013/14, 22% of Halton residents aged 15 and over reported their life as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days, compared to 23% of Ontario residents. There were no statistically significant changes in Halton Region or Ontario from 2003 to 2013/14.

Sex

  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton residents aged 15 and over who reported their life as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days.

Age

  • In 2013/14, the percentage of Halton residents aged 15 and over who reported their life as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days was higher among residents aged 18-24 when compared to residents aged 65 and over. However, this difference was not statistically significant.

Municipality

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton residents aged 15 and over who reported their life as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days.

Income

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton residents aged 15 and over who reported their life as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days.

Education

  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference by education in the percentage of Halton residents aged 25 and over who reported their life as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days.

Self-Perceived Work Stress

Overall Findings

  • In 2013/14, 6% of Halton residents aged 20-64 reported that in the past 12 months, most days of work were not at all stressful, 22% reported most days at work were not very stressful, 45% a bit stressful, 24% quite a bit stressful and 4% extremely stressful. There were no significant differences when comparing Halton to Ontario.

Trends Over Time

  • In 2013/14, 28% of Halton residents aged 20 to 64 reported their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days in the past 12 months. There were no statistically significant changes in Halton from 2003 to 2013/14.
  • In 2013/14, 29% of Ontario residents aged 20 to 64 reported their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days in the past 12 months. There were no statistically significant changes in Ontario from 2003 to 2013/14.

Sex

  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton residents aged 20 to 64 who reported their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days in the past 12 months.

Age

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by age in the percentage of Halton residents aged 20 to 64 who reported their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days in the past 12 months.

Municipality

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton residents aged 20 to 64 who reported their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days in the past 12 months.

Income

  • In 2013/14, the percentage of Halton residents aged 20 to 64 who reported their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days in the past 12 months was lower among adults in the lowest income group compared to the middle and high income group. However, these differences were not statistically significant.

Education

  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference by education in the percentage of Halton residents aged 25 to 64 who reported their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful most days in the past 12 months.