Working parents are constantly juggling the responsibilities of work and family life, and a new study suggests that TWO-THIRDS OF THEM ARE BURNT OUT! This is a huge number, and it’s clear that something needs to change.
The study, published in the Ohio State University, surveyed more than 1,300 working parents and found that 68 per cent of them reported feeling burned out. Parents who worked longer hours or had less control over their work schedule were more likely to report feeling burned out. The study also found that parents who felt burned out were more likely to experience depression and anxiety.
Kate Gawlik, a doctor of nursing practice and associate professor of clinical nursing at Ohio State, came up with and helped carry out the study!
Kate Gawlik came up with the idea of creating and studying a parental burnout scale because she herself had experienced it! Gawlik teamed up with Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing at Ohio State to create the Working Parent Burnout Scale.
Their findings are going to be published soon in the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare!
The scale in the report can help parents figure out if they’re feeling burned out and need help. It’ll also help them understand if their child is struggling with burnout and needs assistance.
The study identified six main stressors for working parents: work-life balance, time pressure, money pressure, juggling work and family responsibilities, job insecurity, and lack of support from employers.
The stressors can have a negative effect on parents’ mental and physical health, their relationships with their partners and children, and their work performance.
There are several solutions that can help working parents manage their stress levels. These include better workplace policies and practices, parental leave and flexible work arrangements, and support from friends and family.