Study: Working Moms Striving To 'Have It All' At Greater Risk Of Depression
The debate about whether working women can have it all has been going for decades, and there's no shortage of those who believe firmly one way or the other.
A new study finds, however, that working moms can reduce the risk of depression if they at least admit that they can't do it all and acknowledge that blending career with family comes with some limitations.
Results from the study, reported Monday by PsychCentral, show that those women who express a "supermom" attitude showed more symptoms of depression than working mothers who expect that balancing the competing demands of work and family life will require some sacrifice.
Statistics show, however, that working women with children have lower rates of depression than stay-at-home moms.
"Women are sold a story that they can do it all, but most workplaces are still designed for employees without child-care responsibilities," says study author Katrina Leupp, a graduate student at the University of Washington.
But juggling the responsibilities of work and home, in reality, requires some sacrifice, says Leupp, who studies how households strive to balance the competing demands of employment and family care. Those concessions may include cutting back on work hours and getting husbands to help out more.
"You can happily combine child rearing and a career," Leupp says, "if you're willing to let some things slide."
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