Women who stay at home raising children are more likely than working mothers to have symptoms of depression, a new study finds.
But working mothers who strongly believe they should be able to have fulfilling and successful work and family lives are probably setting themselves up for disappointment too. The study found that those working women with a "supermom" complex are more likely to feel frustration and guilt compared to working mothers who expect difficulties balancing work and family life.
The research was presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Assn. in Las Vegas.
"Women who expect it's going to be hard and are employed nevertheless have better mental health outcomes," said the study's author, Katrina Leupp, a University of Washington sociology graduate student. "Work-family conflict is much more likely to bring about feelings of guilt for women as compared to men -- guilt for the things you can't do."
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