Why the emotional responsibility of being a mother can be damaging to a woman’s mental health

If you’re a woman, you’ll have experienced emotional responsibility at some point in your life, whether that was choosing your boyfriend’s christmas present for his mother or simply organising the weekly food shop.

But a new study published in the journal Sex Roles, found that the burden of round-the-clock responsibilities of being a mother and the emotional responsibilities of raising children, is damaging women’s mental health.

Yes, more men are doing housework and helping raise children than ever before, but women are still managing the household, even when they’re employed.

This invisible labour was linked to feelings of being overwhelmed and a sense of emptiness.


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