A1 Journal article (refereed)
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 editorsRoskam, Isabelle; Aguiar, Joyce; Akgun, Ege; Arikan, Gizem; Artavia, Mariana; Avalosse, Hervé; Aunola, Kaisa; Bader, Michel; Bahati, Claire; Barham, Elizabeth J.; et al.

Journal or seriesAffective Science



Publication year2021

Publication date18/03/2021


Issue number1

Pages range58-79

PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


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

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Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/93793


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.

Keywordsparentsparenthoodparent-child relationshipexhaustionemotionsstress (biological phenomena)family relationschildren (age groups)culturecultural phenomenaindividualismcommunalitypre-emptioninternational comparison

Free keywordsexhaustion; culture; individualism; collectivism; prevalence

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Reporting Year2021

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