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Journal of the Korean Home Economics Association 2012;50(8):41-52. doi: https://doi.org/10.6115/khea.2012.50.8.041
The Relationship between Personality and Child Rearing Stress of Employed Mothers
Sun Hee Kim1, Jeong Yun Park2
1Department of Family Welfare & Housing Environment, Chung-Ang University
2Department of Family Welfare, Chung-Ang University
Corresponding Author: Jeong Yun Park ,Tel: +82-31-670-4789, Fax: +82-31-675-4746, Email: pjy4838@cau.ac.kr
Received: July 9, 2012; Revised: July 10, 2012   Accepted: October 22, 2012.
The purpose of the current study is to examine the role of mothers’ personality traits in predicting their parenting stress. The study subjects were married working woman who live at Gyeonggi-do and has their first child studying in elementary, middle, or high school. Collected data were analyzed with SPSS WIN 18.0 program. The results were as follows.: First, it has been shown through examination of the general tendency of observation subjects’ relative factor, that many have above average parenting stress. The compositing factor for parenting stress were mainly the burden and distress of the parent role. Second, the differences in parenting stress were affected by relative variables in accordance with the general features of the study object. If the younger the parent, the higher the education, the lower the age of the first child, and if there were a child assistant after school, the parenting stress became larger. Third, after controlling for demographic characteristics, employed mothers’ neuroticism significantly predicted greater parenting stress. When mothers had more conscientiousness and openness, they reported less parenting stress which implied that interpretation and perception of child rearing experiences can vary depending on personality and predict parenting stress of working mothers.
Keywords: employed mother, personality, parenting stress, The NEO Personality Assessment system
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