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Feb 23, 2018

In Episode One of Series One, UCL researcher and consultant in wellbeing at work Gill Weston discusses her research looking at the links between working long hours and weekend work and signs of depression in both men and women.

Key findings from the research

  • Women who worked 55 hours a week or longer showed more signs of depression than those who worked a standard 35-40 hour week
  • Women who worked weekends showed more signs of depression than those who didn't 
  • Men who worked weekends in poor quality jobs with little control or job satisfaction also showed high numbers of depressive symptoms compared with their peers who worked weekends but were in good quality jobs 

Further information and resources

  • The data set Gill uses in her research is the UK Household Longitudinal Study, also known as Understanding Society
  • Measuring depression - this was done using the General Health Questionnaire used in Understanding Society which asks participants a range of questions on things such as their ability to concentrate on what they're doing, lost sleep through worry etc.  
  • 'Superheroes' don't work 90-hour weeks - BBC
  • Read about what motivated Gill to do a PhD at UCL on the links between working long hours and weekends and depression
  • Find out more about Gill's work as a work and wellbeing consultant