Factors of parenting stress in mothers of young and preschool children: an analysis of foreign studies



The article analyzes the phenomenon of parenting stress: the concept, structure, and factors that influence its emergence. The analysis of foreign studies revealed 3 main groups of factors of parenting stress in mothers of early- and preschool- aged children: child’s characteristics, personality characteristics and mother’s socio-demographic characteristics, socio-psychological factors. The study showed that parenting stress in this group of mothers interplays with the temperament of the child, his health and age. As personal characteristics are concerned, the closest relations were found with the neuroticism of the mother and her assessment of self-efficacy. The review also revealed the effect of depression and psychopathology on maternal personality and constructive coping strategies which help to reduce parenting stress. The experience of neglect and abuse in childhood, a low level of marriage satisfaction and social support contribute to increased parenting stress of mothers having children of early and preschool age

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Keywords: parenting stress, factors of parenting stress, mothers of children of early and preschool age

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2019080404

Funding. This work was supported by grant RFH № 19-013-00594

For citation: Savenysheva S., Anikina V.O., Meldo E.V. Factors of parenting stress in mothers of young and preschool children: an analysis of foreign studies [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2019. Vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 38–48. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2019080404. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Svetlana S. Savenysheva, PhD in Psychology, Professor in Department of Psychology of Development at Psychology Faculty, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7529-1493, e-mail: owlsveta@mail.ru

Varvara O. Anikina, PhD in Psychology, associate professor at the chair of early intervention and mental health, department of psychology, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0028-6806, e-mail: v.anikina@spbu.ru

Elina V. Meldo, – student in the master’s program at the chair of early intervention and mental health, department of psychology, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: tusik.93@mail.ru



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