The importance of the maternal/self-role satisfaction for reducing anxiety: A cross-sectional survey of Japanese mothers

Riho Iwasaki, Azusa Arimoto, Takashi Naruse, Satoko Nagata, Sachiyo Murashima

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Women who rear children have two types of roles: the maternal role and the self-role. Previous studies have suggested that maternal role satisfaction is related to anxiety, but the importance of self-role satisfaction in promoting the health of mothers has received less attention. The changing roles of women in society, especially in urban areas, have altered mothers' views of child-rearing. Our primary focus was on the relationship between maternal/self-role satisfaction and anxiety in mothers. To examine this, we conducted a cross-sectional survey using self-administered questionnaires that were distributed in 2011 to 2,342 mothers attending the 18-month health checkup of their children, in 7 cities of the Tokyo metropolitan area. A total of 881 responded (effective response rate = 38.0%). Multiple regression analysis revealed that maternal role satisfaction and self-role satisfaction were both significantly and negatively associated with anxiety. Thus, self-role satisfaction should be considered alongside maternal role satisfaction in evaluating and reducing anxiety. Health care professionals in community settings should conduct comprehensive assessments of maternal role satisfaction and self-role satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of UOEH
Volume39
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Anxiety
Cross-Sectional Studies
Mothers
Child Rearing
Tokyo
Health
Regression Analysis
Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Maternal role
  • Mothers
  • Satisfaction
  • Self-role

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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The importance of the maternal/self-role satisfaction for reducing anxiety : A cross-sectional survey of Japanese mothers. / Iwasaki, Riho; Arimoto, Azusa; Naruse, Takashi; Nagata, Satoko; Murashima, Sachiyo.

In: Journal of UOEH, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2017, p. 143-151.

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Iwasaki, Riho ; Arimoto, Azusa ; Naruse, Takashi ; Nagata, Satoko ; Murashima, Sachiyo. / The importance of the maternal/self-role satisfaction for reducing anxiety : A cross-sectional survey of Japanese mothers. In: Journal of UOEH. 2017 ; Vol. 39, No. 2. pp. 143-151.
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