Stress-related patterns found among subgroups lawyers found in the first survey
Statistically significant differences regarding work conditions, health problems, and burnout were found with respect to practice area, gender, age, experience, and location (Näsström & Mesick, 2006). Family law attorneys and criminal lawyers reported higher levels of qualitative workload, exhaustion, and cynicism, health- and sleep-related problems and lower professional efficacy compared to business lawyers. Women reported higher levels of quantitative workload and exhaustion and more health- and sleep-related problems than men. Lawyers in the rest of the country experienced higher qualitative workload and lower professional efficacy compared to lawyers in metropolitan areas. Finally, junior lawyers reported higher levels of qualitative and quantitative workload, over commitment, exhaustion, cynicism, and professional efficacy. Although significant, gender, age, experience, and location differences were small.