Parenting stress and its effects

October 5, 2014

High parenting stress has been connected with negative consequences for both parent and child.  Within the examined age-range (6 months to 3 years), child gender or age did not relate to parenting stress. Older, less educated and single mothers reported more stress. A higher stress experience was also associated with more care-taking hassles, psycho-social problems, high work load and low social support. Mothers with high stress reported more depressive mood and were judged to be more unresponsive to their children; they also regarded their children as more temperamentally difficult.  Social support was shown to have both a direct and a moderating influence on parenting stress.

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