Being a stay-at-home mom is a taxing job, as a stay-at-home, work-at-home dad I can fully appreciate what women go through every single day with feedings, diaper changes, random acts of crying for no apparent reason, etc. Now a recent study has found that stay-at-home moms are more likely to suffer from sadness, anger and ultimately depression.
When interviewed by Gallup 26% of stay-at-home moms admitted to feeling sadness a lot of the day “yesterday” which compared to only 16 percent of employed mothers. The study also found that 19 percent were angry “yesterday” compared to 14 percent of employed moms.
Stay-at-home moms also reported a 50% stress level, 2% higher than employed mothers.
In what might be the most frightening result from the study 28 percent of stay-at-home moms were diagnosed with depression compared to just 17 percent of employed mothers.
The study comes only a short time after Hilary Rosen complained that Ann Romney had never “worked a day in her life” which it turns out might have actually made Romney’s life easier. Then again who knows how many nanny’s Romney had helping her along the way.
One statement Ann Romney made was correct however:
“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”
The Gallup survey examined women aged 18 to 64. The study defined stay-at-home moms as any mother who does not work outside of the house and has a child under the age of 18. The study involved 60,799 mothers and carries with it a margin of error of +- one percentage point.