Research finds that moms who stay at home are not as happy as as moms who are employed. Non-employed moms were found to experience more negative emotions like sadness, stress, anger and depression.
A recent Gallup analysis on 60,799 randomly-chosen U.S. women indicated that stay-at-home moms are more likely to be depressed and angry than employed moms.
The results show that 41 percent of stay-at-home moms experienced worry while 34 percent of employed moms experienced the same feeling.
In subsequent categories like depression, sadness, stress and anger, unemployed moms always polled higher:
Depression: 28 percent of unemployed mothers versus 17 percent of employed mothers.
Sadness: 26 percent of unemployed mothers versus 16 percent of employed mothers.
Stress: 50 percent of unemployed mothers versus 48 percent of employed mothers.
Anger: 19 percent of unemployed mothers versus 14 percent of employed mothers.
The study seemed to say that isolation is the main culprit. The Daily Mail reported that stay-at-home moms were “less likely to say they smiled or laughed a lot, learned something interesting and experienced enjoyment and happiness.”
As for positive feelings, 91 percent of employed mothers were found to experience happiness, while 86 percent of stay-at-home mothers reported the same feeling.
Wow — that’s getting us a little depressed! Do you find these results surprising, HollyMoms? See the report from ABC4 below.
– Lorraine Chow
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