What is it about?

Today's parents attempt to be the “perfect” parents by intensively meeting their children’s needs. This study emphasizes the toll that such parenting takes on its agents—the parents—as it can provoke feelings of guilt that are associated with poor wellbeing.

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Why is it important?

Clinicians and other practitioners working with parents and families should be aware of the associations between parenting, guilt, and the difficulty to adjust to changing circumstances. Most importantly, understanding that guilt feelings might be inherent to the contemporary parenting role can assist professionals in preventing the escalation of adjustment problems, especially for parents with an engaged/supportive parenting style.

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This page is a summary of: Contemporary parenting and its association with parents’ well-being in the face of COVID-19: The mediating role of guilt., American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, January 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ort0000581.
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