Parenting: Stay at home moms and depression
June 13, 2012 (WPVI) -- This story caught my eye, given the recent political debate over stay-at-home moms.
Full disclosure: my mom stayed home with me and my two brothers, and my wife is also a proud stay-at-home mom.
Gallup interviewed 60,000 women this year (ages 18 to 64) in a recent poll. It found something that may have some moms saying "finally, they understand!" and others saying "whaa?"
The survey says non-working moms with young children tend to report being sad and angry and tend to experience these feelings more than their working counterparts.
The poll also found that stay-at-home moms were more likely to say they have been treated for depression.
So the obvious question is: what's the big deal about stay-at-home moms and depression? Gallup suggests some moms who are not working but wish to do so should address these feelings and pursue a career.
Also, Gallup suggests there are women who would like to work but must stay at home because they cannot afford child care (their income would not be enough to subsidize it).
Finally, Gallup says perhaps we should focus more on the mental well-being of all moms. Their happiness tends to lead to happiness among all family members.
matt o'donnell parenting reports, parenting, matt o'donnell
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