Firefighters can ease one another’s job stress, but loving spouses may increase it

Strong same-sex friendships among male firefighters can help cut down on their stress — but loving relationships with their wives may increase anxiety for those who constantly face danger, according to a Baylor University study.

For firefighters — 90% percent of whom are males — the desire to protect wives from awareness of the risks and emotional trauma of their jobs can add apprehension to their already considerable burden, said lead author Mark T. Morman, Ph.D., professor of communication studies at Baylor University.

“The well-known firefighter mandate is to ‘leave it at the firehouse,'” Morman said.

The study — “Firefighters’ Job Stress and the (Un)Intended Consequences of Relational Quality with Spouses and Firefighter Friends” — is published in theĀ Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

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