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People in Tallaght are most stressed, reveals study


Tallaght village

Tallaght village

Tallaght village

Householders in Tallaght are experiencing high levels of stress.

Family issues, finances, illness, work and unemployment are all contributing to stress levels, it emerged in a new study.

The study of nearly 350 households revealed that more than three in five (67pc) of primary household carers - the person who takes most responsibility for managing the household - experienced stress in the previous 12 months. This figure had risen from 59pc in 2001, when a similar study was carried out.

The report's lead author, Dr Catherine Darker, said the need to invest in psychology, addiction and GP services was identified by people who took part in the survey.


"Respondents indicated that they have a positive relationship with their GP, with 90pc stating that they would recommend their GP to a friend or family member," she said.

Meanwhile, a total of 9pc of household members were on a waiting list to receive treatment at Tallaght Hospital.

Of these, nearly half (48pc) were waiting six months or less for treatment, one-fifth (20pc) were waiting between seven and 12 months and nearly a third (32pc) were waiting 13 months or longer. Over half (54pc) rated the length of waiting time as "very unreasonable".

The Health Assets and Needs Assessment (HANA) Tallaght 2014, was undertaken by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin.