Module 1 .Understanding and Diagnosing Parental Burnout
Being a parent in the 21st century
There’s no doubt that parental exhaustion has existed throughout history. But the developments made throughout the second half of the 20th century have made parenting more complex. The pressures that parents face in the 21st century are unprecedented!
The symptoms of parental burnout
With all the issues we have to deal with, parenting can be considered stressful. But what are the differences between “ordinary” stress and parental burnout? How do we get from stress to burnout? What are the symptoms of parental burnout? Accounts from burnt-out parents illustrate this theoretical content.
Diagnosing parental burnout
As a professional, it is imperative that you have a diagnostic tool for parental burnout. This allows you to assess the presence of symptoms and the severity of the burnout. Let’s see how the Parental Burnout Assessment (PBA) was developed and approved.
The aetiology of parental burnout
How do certain parents come to exhaust themselves and burn out? At the heart of the aetiology of parental burnout is a prolonged imbalance between too many prolonged stressors (or risk factors), and not enough resources with which to address them.
The consequences of parental burnout
Parental burnout has very detrimental effects not only on the parent themselves, but also for the couple and the children involved. Suicidal thoughts, child neglect and parental violence lie at the heart of this suffering. Accounts from burnt-out parents and children of burnt-out parents illustrate the consequences of this issue.
A differential diagnosis for parental burnout
Parental burnout is a specific issue. Despite sharing certain characteristics with depression or anxiety, it is very important to be able to develop a differential diagnosis.
Revealing the diagnosis of parental burnout
What is the benefit of revealing the diagnosis of parental burnout? And what are the dangers involved in using this concept? These are the questions that professionals must ask themselves as they support parents going through psychological distress.
Preventing parental burnout
Given the consequences of parental burnout in the parent, their partner and their children, preventing it is of major importance. Professionals have a key role to play in identifying the first signs of exhaustion, emotional distancing and loss of enjoyment in parenthood.
Gender and parenting
Do men and women experience parenthood in the same way? Are both mothers and fathers at risk of suffering burnout in their parenting role? This question of gender is key, and unavoidable.
The myths surrounding parental burnout
It is very easy to have misconceptions about parental burnout! Our research has revealed counter-intuitive evidence on several occasions. So, let’s debunk the myths!