Parenting Stress and Daily Hassles in Mothers of Young and Preschool Children



The article is devoted to the analysis of parenting stress, daily hassles and the relationship of their parameters in mothers of young and preschool children. Sample: 112 mothers from Saint Petersburg, children aged from 4 months up to 7 years. Methods: Parenting Sress Index (PSI-4) by R. Abidin, questionnaire of daily hassles by M.D. Petrash, O.Y. Strizhitskaya, L.A. Golovey, S.S. Savenysheva, STAI by C.D. Spielberger adapted by Y.L. Khanin, socio-biographical questionnaire. Results: A high level of parenting stress was revealed, especially in the domain, associated with the characteristics of the parent himself and his feelings about how he copes with the parental role. The level of daily hassles corresponds to the standards, with the most pronounced stressors in the family domain. Close relationships between parenting stress and daily hassles were found, with the exception of the field of work, while no relationship with life stress was identified. Depression, relationship problems and incompetence are most closely related to daily hassles. Parenting stress is positively correlated with state and trait anxiety. Parenting stress is not related to the age of the mother, the age and gender of the child, family experience and the number of children. However, it is less pronounced with more employment at work.

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Keywords: parenting stress, daily hassles, life stress, anxiety, mothers of young and preschool children

Journal rubric: Empirical Researches

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 19-013-00594.

Received: 24.12.2020


For citation: Vasilenko V.E., Savenysheva S., Zapletina O.O. Parenting Stress and Daily Hassles in Mothers of Young and Preschool Children. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2021. Vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 27–48. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2021290403. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Victoria E. Vasilenko, PhD in Psychology, Associate professor of the Faculty of Psychology, Developmental and Differential Psychology Chair, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Svetlana S. Savenysheva, PhD in Psychology, Professor in Department of Psychology of Development at Psychology Faculty, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Oksana O. Zapletina, graduate student, Chair of Developmental and Differential Psychology, Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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