"Daily Hassles" is a social scientist's way of saying "pet peeves" or "the little things."
Findings in this original study by Kanner et al. (1981) show some support for the idea that "daily hassles are more strongly associated with adaptational outcomes than are life events" (p. 20).
Although this year-long study is now over 30 years old, many of the Daily Hassles listed on pages 24-29 are still relevant today. The sample included 52 females and 48 males, between 45-64 years of age, living in Alameda County in California.
Top 5 Daily Hassles back then...
- Concerns about weight
- Health of a family member
- Rising prices of common goods
- Home maintenance
- Too many things to do
I wonder what the top five hassles would be today?
p.s. I highly recommend that any time you are influenced by statistical findings, that you look up the original study. Many studies are later criticized for not using representative samples, or for not being interpreted within the context of the study's methods and limitations. When people, especially the media, quote statistics without looking into the details, this is one of my own pet peeves!
© 2015 Dr. Kristin Rose