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January 2021

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David Merolla


The literature clearly shows a link between parenting and negative mental health outcomes, a risk that may be even higher among those who practice hegemonic mothering as well as stay-at-home mothers, and it follows that teacher-mothers may experience even more negative mental health outcomes than mothers whose children attend school outside the home. Teacher-mothers face unique stressors that may increase a mother's already high level of stress such as increased workload, role insecurity, curricula choices and related strain, lack of support from spouses, and lack of community support. I argue that homeschooling presents a unique chronic strain which can have a deleterious impact on homeschooling mothers' mental health. As such, this study aims to explore how teacher-mothers experience homeschooling, intensive mothering, and mental health focusing on the unique facets of homeschooling that can cause psychological distress. Through in-depth interviews with homeschooling mothers, I explore the impact of homeschooling on maternal mental health by examining the types of strain they experience and how they cope with the added strain of homeschooling.

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