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Stay At Home Moms Are Less Happy Than Working Moms — Study

Wed, May 23, 2012 4:46pm EDT by 1 Comment
Stay At Home Moms

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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