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The relationship between the intensive mothering ideology and mental well-being: Double mediating effect of self-compassion and parenting stress

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2021, 34(3), pp.21-42
  • DOI : 10.35574/KJDP.2021.9.34.3.21
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science
  • Received : July 12, 2021
  • Accepted : August 31, 2021
  • Published : September 15, 2021

Hyun Jung Lee 1 Seung-yeon Lee 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aimed to identify the relationship between the intensive mothering ideology and mental well-being, focusing on the mediating effects of self-compassion and parenting stress. The study participants were mothers who had home-schooling experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and children aged 1-9 years. Survey data from 372 mothers were analyzed using structural equation modeling. Intensive mothering ideology was negatively associated with both self-compassion and mental well-being, but positively predicted parenting stress. Self-compassion was negatively associated with parenting stress but positively predicted mental well-being. Additionally, there was a negative relationship between parenting stress and mental well-being. Self-compassion and parenting stress both showed significant mediating effects on the relationship between intensive mothering ideology and mental well-being. Furthermore, the double mediating effect was significant for the relationship between intensive mothering ideology and mental well-being. Finally, intervention strategies were suggested to improve mothers’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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