Odjel za psihologiju

Parental Burnout: What is it and why does it matter?

Isabelle Roskam
UCLouvain, Belgium

Over the past 15 years, and particularly after 2015, the field of research into parental burnout, has developed widely. A large number of researchers from many countries have focused on the symptoms of parental burnout and their assessment. The existence of a diagnostic instrument, i.e., the Parental Burnout Assessment (PBA, Roskam et al., 2018) has made it possible to estimate the prevalence of parental burnout among fathers and mothers in a variety of cultures.  The high prevalence in some parts of the world makes parental burnout a priority in the mental health field. The consequences of this serious disorder are worrying. They affect not only the parent, but the entire family system, i.e., the partner and the children. Thanks to the knowledge acquired about the etiology of parental burnout (i.e. Why do some parents burn out and others don't?), treatments have been developed. Their effectiveness has been tested, and clinicians now have access to evidence-based interventions and to online professional trainings. This conference will provide an opportunity to take a close look at the current knowledge in the field of parental burnout, and to outline the future perspectives of research.

Keywords: exhaustion, emotional distancing, neglect, violence, culture