The International Investigation of Parental Burnout (IIPB) (IIPB)

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  • 25 000,00

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Project start date: 24/04/2018

Project end date: 31/05/2019


Recently parental burnout has been shown to be a unique syndrome, which is empirically distinct from job
burnout, parental stress and depression (Roskam et al., 2017). Although research on parental burnout is still
in its infancy, studies to date have shown that it concerns both mothers and fathers and its prevalence varies
between 8-36% depending on the types of parents studied. It has also been related to sociodemographic,
situational, personal, parental, and marital factors, and it has specific consequences in terms of child-related
outcomes, i.e. neglect and violence, and in terms of escapist and suicidal thoughts
However, to date, parental burnout has mainly been studied in particular in Belgium and Sweden.

The purpose of the International Investigation of Parental Burnout (IIPB) is to test the conceptual validity,
prevalence and intercultural variation of parental burnout in different cultures around the world. To do this, an
international consortium has been initiated by Professors Isabelle Roskam and Moïra Mikolajczak in
collaboration with Maday Valdes Pacheco. The members of the consortium will use a common protocol
including rating of sociodemographic factors, parental burnout, gender roles, independent-interdependent
self, parental ideal, involvement in parental function and duties, and parental goals and values.

In Finland, the principal investigator is professor Kaisa Aunola from the University of Jyvaskyla. The data
collection in Finland is planned to be carried out in collaboration with Child Health Care Centers and Schools
during the Spring/Summer 2018. Moreover, Finnish Monikkoperheet ry will be contacted to get a special
subsample of parents with twins or triples to the study. After collecting the questionnaire data, Finnish version
of Parental Burnout measure will be developed further. The aim is to develop valid and reliable tool to Child
Health Care Centers to identify signs of parental burnout and the families who would benefit from early
preventive programs.

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