Middle-aged ‘masa’ most stressed in PH

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    Lining up at the LRT. (Photo by Gregory E. Bautista)

    STRESS is more frequent among adult Filipinos who live in Metro Manila, who belong to the “masa” group, and who are aged between 35 and 44 years old, the 2019 fourth quarter survey of the Social Weather Survey (SWS) conducted from December 13 to 16 showed.

    The survey, which involved 1,200 adult respondents nationwide and had a sampling error of ±3 percent, showed that one out of four Filipinos or 27 percent frequently experienced stress in their daily lives. This is down from 32 percent in March 2017.

    The SWS also said that 37 percent of the respondents sometimes experienced stress (down from 32 percent), while 34 percent said they rarely experienced it (almost unchanged from 33 percent), and 2 percent (unchanged.)

    The survey firm found that stress was more frequent among respondents from Metro Manila (35 percent) compared to those from other regions like Luzon and Visayas (28 percent each), and Mindanao (18 percent). Stress was also more frequent among those living in urban areas (31 percent) than those from rural areas (23 percent).

    SWS said stress was also more frequent among those who said the quality of their lives have worsened in the last 12 months (33 percent), compared to those who said their lives improved last year (24 percent). It was also higher among those who were pessimistic that their lives will improve (33 percent) than those who are optimistic about their lives in the next 12 months (24 percent).

    It added that stress is more frequent among women (33 percent) than men (20 percent) and those from the socio-economic class E (30 percent), compared to those from Class D (26 percent) and class ABC (22 percent).

    Stress was also highest among those from the 35 to 44-year-old age group (36 percent) compared to those aged between 45 to 54-year-olds (25 percent), 18 to 24-year-olds and 25 to 34-year-olds and those 55 years old and older (24 percent each).

    It was also more frequent among elementary graduates (29 percent), high school graduates (27 percent), and among college graduates and with no formal education (24 percent each).