Parental Burnout Hits Individualist Western Countries Hardest.

‘Our individualistic countries cultivate a cult of performance and perfectionism,’ says Prof. Isabelle Roskam, a parental burnout specialist. ‘Parenthood in these countries is a very solitary activity, unlike in African countries, for example, where the entire village is involved in raising children.’ These poorer countries, which often have many children, are more collectivist. This dimension seems to protect against parental burnout. In addition, Western individualism is exacerbated by the current health crisis: families find themselves isolated and cut off from their social relations.1

  1. ScienceDaily. “Parental Burnout Hits Individualist Western Countries Hardest.” Accessed March 25, 2021. [return]