Swinburne University of Technology Master of Counselling Psychology student Elizabeth Ford is examining how women manage the stress of being a mother to understand what factors contribute to or detract from their wellbeing and life satisfaction.
“Being a mother can be an exciting and life changing experience,” Ms Ford said.
“There is a sense of joy and fulfilment caring for and raising your child but there is also a lot of stress.
“How mothers manage this time can have consequences for their psychological wellbeing and satisfaction with life.”
Research has shown that mothers are vulnerable to developing depression and anxiety, especially in the early years of a child’s life. Ms Ford is focusing on early motherhood as this is a time of great change and adjustment.
If you are a mother with an infant or pre-school age child (you may have older children as well) you are invited to participate in an online questionnaire that takes about 20-30 minutes.
This study has been approved by Swinburne’s Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC) in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
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