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Parental Burnout Around the Globe : a 42-Country Study (2021)

Roskam, I., Aguiar, J., Akgun, E., Arikan, G., Artavia, M., Avalosse, H., Aunola, K., Bader, M., Bahati, C., Barham, E. J., Besson, E., Beyers, W., Boujut, E., Brianda, M. E., Brytek-Matera, A., Carbonneau, N., César, F., Chen, B.-B., Dorard, G., . . . Mikolajczak, M. (2021). Parental Burnout Around the Globe : a 42-Country Study. Affective Science, 2(1), 58-79. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42761-020-00028-4

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All authors or editors: Roskam, Isabelle; Aguiar, Joyce; Akgun, Ege; Arikan, Gizem; Artavia, Mariana; Avalosse, Hervé; Aunola, Kaisa; Bader, Michel; Bahati, Claire; Barham, Elizabeth J.; et al.

Journal or series: Affective Science

ISSN: 2662-2041

eISSN: 2662-205X

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 18/03/2021

Volume: 2

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 58-79

Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42761-020-00028-4

Research data link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs42761-020-00028-4#data-availability

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High levels of stress in the parenting domain can lead to parental burnout, a condition that has severe consequences for both parents and children. It is not yet clear, however, whether parental burnout varies by culture, and if so, why it might do so. In this study, we examined the prevalence of parental burnout in 42 countries (17,409 parents; 71% mothers; Mage = 39.20) and showed that the prevalence of parental burnout varies dramatically across countries. Analyses of cultural values revealed that individualistic cultures, in particular, displayed a noticeably higher prevalence and mean level of parental burnout. Indeed, individualism plays a larger role in parental burnout than either economic inequalities across countries, or any other individual and family characteristic examined so far, including the number and age of children and the number of hours spent with them. These results suggest that cultural values in Western countries may put parents under heightened levels of stress.

Keywords: parents; parenthood; parent-child relationship; exhaustion; emotions; stress (biological phenomena); family relations; children (age groups); culture; cultural phenomena; individualism; communality; pre-emption; international comparison

Free keywords: exhaustion; culture; individualism; collectivism; prevalence

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Reporting Year: 2021

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