Two in three parents suffer from loneliness, study finds

Two in three parents suffer from loneliness, study finds
Two in three parents suffer from loneliness, study finds

The majority of parents feel alone and experience isolation because of the demands that come with being responsible for a child, according to an American study.

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Precisely 66% of them suffer from these symptoms, according to a survey carried out by the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, in the United States.

The analysis also reveals that 62% of respondents are exhausted from their parental obligations.

“There is evidence that loneliness can affect your mental and physical health,” says parental burnout researcher and professor Kate Gawlik at New York Post. It specifies that cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, cognitive decline and the immune system can be affected by loneliness.

More than one in three parents (38%) feel that no one supports them in their daily role. However, almost 8 in 10 people (79%) would like to communicate with other parents to feel less alone.

The professor, also a mother of four children, prepared a six-week parenting education program. She wants to bring together more vulnerable parents to share the challenges they face and find support.

In Quebec, a directory of family support organizations is accessible for each region of the province on the Réseau pour un Québec Famille website.

“Parents can sometimes feel very alone, but it will be easier if you have people around you who can support you,” says Kate Gawlik.

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