The Sadness of Stay-at-Home Moms


Stay-at-home moms fare worse than employed moms at every income level in terms of sadness, anger, and depression. On the other items Gallup measures — laughter, enjoyment, happiness, worry, stress, learning something interesting, and having a high life evaluation rating — middle- and high-income stay-at-home moms for the most part do as well as employed moms.

However, low-income stay-at-home moms do worse on all of these items than their employed counterparts. These moms — with annual household incomes of less than $36,000 — are less likely than employed moms at this income level to say they smiled or laughed a lot or experienced happiness or enjoyment “yesterday.” They are also slightly less likely to say they learned something interesting.

via Stay-at-Home Moms Report More Depression, Sadness, Anger.

Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center

One thought

  1. The sadness of anyone who would choose whether or not to start a family based on things like polling data, and the simplistic, low-dimensional narratives people cook out of polling data to make headlines, research publications, or blog posts.

Comments are closed.