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International Journal of Advances in Nursing Management
Year : 2016, Volume : 4, Issue : 3
First page : ( 254) Last page : ( 258)
Print ISSN : 2347-8632. Online ISSN : 2454-2652.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2652.2016.00056.1

Child Care Related Guilt Complex Perceived among Employed Mothers

Baby Alby C.1, Mathew Preeti2, Jose Bivin B.3,*, Kumar Sudhen Sumesh4

1Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Morning Star School of Nursing, Adimali, Kerala, India-685561

2Associate Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Mar Baselios College of Nursing, Kothamangalam, Kerala, India-686691

3Mental Health Center, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

4Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health and Medical Sciences, Haramaya University, Harar, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author's Email: bivin.jb@gmail.com

Online published on 12 January, 2017.


A descriptive co-relational study was conducted with an aim to assess the guilt complex of employed mothers towards child care at Ernakulam district, Kerala state, India. Mothers employed in public and private sectors were selected based on the predefined selection criteria. Data was collected using researcher-developed, validated, self administered questionnaire for a period of 5 weeks. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study revealed a high mean guilt complex score among mothers employed in private sectors than who employed in public sectors and having children aged 1–3 years; though this was not statistically significant. A statistically significant association was found between guilt complex and socio demographic variables such as ‘monthly income’ (p=0.001), number of children (p=0.004), hours of work (p=0.001), nature of duty (p=0.004), resumed job after child birth (F=0.493, p=0.004). Increased job-demands and family role conflicts would seriously be considered while formulating mental health care services for the employed women.



Guilt complex, employed mothers.


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