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Self-Esteem, Socially Prescribed Perfectionism, and Parental Burnout (2023)

Raudasoja, M., Sorkkila, M., & Aunola, K. (2023). Self-Esteem, Socially Prescribed Perfectionism, and Parental Burnout. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 32(4), 1113-1120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02324-y

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All authors or editorsRaudasoja, Mirjam; Sorkkila, Matilda; Aunola, Kaisa

Journal or seriesJournal of Child and Family Studies



Publication year2023

Publication date05/05/2022


Issue number4

Pages range1113-1120

PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80941


Socially prescribed perfectionism (SPP) has been shown to be a risk factor for parental burnout (Sorkkila & Aunola, 2020). In the present study, we investigated the moderating role of self-esteem in this association. A total of 479 Finnish mothers of infants filled in questionnaires measuring their self-esteem, SPP, and symptoms of parental burnout. The results of structural equation modelling (SEM) showed that mothers’ self-esteem moderated the effect of SPP on parental burnout: Mothers with high self-esteem were at lower risk of showing burnout symptoms even when SPP co-occurred, whereas for mothers with low self-esteem, the effect of SPP on burnout symptoms was further strengthened. The results can be applied when aiming to improve maternal well-being by recognizing the risk factors of parental burnout and by offering counseling for parents at high risk.

Keywordsparentsparenthoodmothersmaternityself-esteemself-confidenceself imagemanagingmental well-beingexhaustionrisk factorsperfectionismsocial control

Free keywordsparental burnout; self-esteem; socially prescribed perfectionism

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Reporting Year2022

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