‘Homemakers’ more likely to struggle with mental health, study finds

The effect was seen for both men and women Credit: Dean Mitchell /E+

Stay-at-home mothers and fathers are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, a study by the International Longevity Centre has found.

Both men and women who said they were “homemakers” at 55 were more likely to have suffered from psychological problems in both childhood and adulthood than other groups, researchers discovered.

The data, published today [TUES] in two studies, shows that having a mental health problem in childhood was associated with a 2.8 times greater likelihood of being a homemaker at age 55.

The researchers said that while much research had previously been done into the link between having a mental health problem and being long-term unemployed or sick, it had not previously showed a direct link between staying at home to care for a home or family and suffering from psychological problems.

Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, of the University of Kent, who led the research on one of the reports, said that the pattern was likely to be partly down to children with mental health problems being less likely to stay in work as adults, but that being out of…

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