HOW DO PARENTS FEEl?

Current Research

Findings from our recent survey (January, 2020 - based on the Parental Stress Scale; Berry, J. O., & Jones, W. H., 1995) show that:

 

50% of parents find their parenting role stressful

72% of parents feel they do not have enough time or energy

75% of parents lack the flexibility in their day to pursue their own interests

85% of parents worry that they are not doing enough

 

By providing you as parents with opportunities to build self-awareness and resilience, as well as empowering you with the knowledge to better understand the developmental needs of your children, the home can be an environment of nurturing, growth and learning for all the family.

Research from the Mental Health Foundation

Starting a family is a milestone in many people's lives. It can also be a stressful time and many parents experience mental ill health. Mental ill health of parents can have a negative impact on the development of their children. But this is not always the case.

  • Approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents.

  • The most common mental health problems experienced during pregnancy and after birth are anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Women experiencing maternal mental health problems:

    • Postpartum psychosis: 2 per 1,000

    • Serious mental ill health: 2 per 1,000

    • Severe depressive illness: 30 per 1,000

    • Mild-moderate depressive illness and anxiety states: 100-150 per 1,000

    • PTSD: 30 per 1,000

    • Adjustment disorders and distress: 150-300 per 1,000.

    • A 2013-2014 study found that 38% of first-time fathers are concerned about their mental health.

    • Around 10% of all new fathers worldwide experience postnatal depression.

    • Perinatal mental health problems carry a total economic and social long-term cost to society of about £8.1 billion for each one-year cohort of births in the UK.

The effect of poor parental mental health on children

Poor maternal and paternal mental health has been associated with poor outcomes in children but not all children of parents who have mental health problems are at risk. A number of biological dispositions, sociocultural contexts and psychological processes are likely to interact and can serve as protective factors or risk factors for both parents' and children's mental health.

(https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-family-and-parenting)

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