Why are mothers burnt out? - Play Nourish Thrive

Why are mothers burnt out?

Do you relate to the mothers in this study?🤷‍♀️

The researchers of this recent quantitative study investigated intensive mothering norms and burnout in 169 UK & USA full time working mothers. They also completed a thorough review of current literature in this space 📚

They found a significant 📈 relationship between feeling the pressure to be a perfect mother (intensive mothering norms) & parental burnout. Which was mediated by:

⚡parental stress
⚡a focus on avoiding mistakes as a mother
⚡higher maternal gatekeeping behaviours

The finding suggests that intensive mothering norms can have severe costs for mothers, their family, as well as her work outcomes 👩‍👧👩‍💻

Through the literature review the authors report on ways we can work to reduce the pressure mothers experience to be perfect on an individual or societal/structural level 🌿 Swipe through the post to see these.

This is a more detailed companion post to my reels this week, so feel free to head back and check them out as well! 😊

Ref: Meeussen & Van Laar. 2018. Front Psychol

Definition of burnoutBurn out in mothersAssociations with maternal burnoutWhat can we do about maternal burnout?Individual level factors to prevent burnoutSocietal level factors that can prevent maternal burnout

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.