Mothers Matter - Self-Compassion, Reflective Functioning and Pare | 61418
Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy
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ISSN: 2161-0487

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Mothers Matter - Self-Compassion, Reflective Functioning & Parental Burnout

36th World Summit on Positive Psychology, Happiness, Mindfulness, and Wellness

April 28-29, 2023 | Webinar

Courtney Katzenberg

M.Ed., Towson University, USA

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Psychol Psychother

Abstract :

Statement of the Problem: Parenting and in particular motherhood requires a significant investment of time, energy, and emotional resources. Parental burnout was already a problem prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the expectations, fears, and requirements associated with it have only exacerbated an already serious problem. Mothers are at a greater vulnerability for developing parental burnout as they spend more time with children and complete less rewarding parental tasks such as shuttling children to appointments and preparing meals. Methodology & Theoretical Orientation: An online, research study was utilized to identify the relationship between parental self-compassion, reflective functioning, and parental burnout. Findings: Mothers who endorsed lower self-compassion were more likely to believe their children’s misbehaviors were deliberately directed at them (pre-mentalizing) and in turn, endorsed higher levels of parental burnout. Mothers who reported greater self-compassion were less likely to engage in pre-mentalizing thoughts, which, in turn, served as protective factors to parental burnout. Conclusion & Significance: Mothers who can show compassion to themselves in times of stress are able to stay present and recognize their children’s own distress as a separate entity from themselves. This research found a lack of self-compassion and the pre-mentalizing thought pattern leads to parental burnout which is characterized by feelings of exhaustion, distancing, and loss of parental accomplishment. Recommendations are made for mothers to develop skills in self-compassion so they can serve as a steady presence during times of familial stress without over analyzing the situation, ultimately allowing them to feel engaged and connected to their children.

Biography :

Courtney Katzenberg’s expertise is in learning, development, and maternal mental health. A former teacher, mother, and psychology graduate student, Courtney is intricately familiar with the challenges that parents and children face. As a practicing clinician, and research assistant she is interested in understanding ruptures in relationships and teaching skills to mothers to make parenting become a space of growth and acceptance