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Reaching For Supermom Status Can Lead To Depression

By August 22, 2011

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A new study presented this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association shows that women who try to be Supermom are at a greater risk for depression. Working mothers who have high expectations about balancing work life and family life and try to "have it all" are more depressed than working mothers who are able to let things slide. Women who realize that it is going to be difficult and having a more realistic view that some things, like laundry for example, might not always get done on time, are less likely to be frustrated and are at a lower risk for depression. The study analyzed survey responses from 1,600 women, all married and 40 years old, across the United States who participated in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more about the study and findings.

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