UNH Family Research Laboratory


UNH Researcher's New Book Helps Women Tackle the Stresses of Motherhood

By Erika Mantz
UNH News Bureau

May 9, 2001

Editors, News Directors: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is available for interviews at (603) 428-8215 or (603) 862-1888.

DURHAM, N.H. -- Mothers may be celebrated across the country this Sunday, but University of New Hampshire researcher Kathleen Kendall-Tackett says one day a year isn't enough to recognize the efforts of "our greatest natural resource."

Kendall-Tackett, a health psychologist and researcher in the Family Research Laboratory at UNH, has written a book for every mom who is coping with the stresses and difficulties of being a mother in today's world. "The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Mothering Stress, Depression and Burnout" will be published in June.

"Mothers are essential for the health of our families and society at large," says Kendall-Tackett, herself a mother of two. "But too often, mothers go through their days with very little practical support or acknowledgment. Mothers toil in a culture that does not value them or the important work that they do. Is it any wonder that mothers are stressed, depressed or burned out?"

In her book, Kendall-Tackett helps mothers identify the many factors that are stressing them out and preventing them from enjoying one of life's most rewarding roles.

"Many mothers have faced substantial hardships including significant losses, past abuse, or children with health or behavorial issues," she says. "Mothers experience caregiving overload by caring for both children and aging parents. And mothers are tired. This book gives voice to these concerns and offers a way out."

Kendall-Tackett is chair of the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Promotion Task Force and co-chair of the University of New Hampshire's Family Violence Research Conference this July.

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