Effects of multiple roles on the psychosocial well-being of working mothers in Ghana

Ummu Ibrahim, University of Ghana
Mavis Dako-Gyeke, University of Ghana

In contemporary society, women are increasingly engaged in full-time employment outside their homes. Although they spend a considerable number of hours on their jobs, they are expected to perform their roles as mothers and wives. In their quest to excel in these areas, they may encounter some challenges that could affect their psychosocial well-being. This study therefore examined the relationship between multiple roles and the psychosocial well-being of working mothers among non-academic female staff of a Public University in Ghana. The data was gathered through self-administered questionnaires and analyzed using descriptive and correlation statistics. The findings indicated a statistically significant negative relationship between the psychosocial well-being of respondents and some childcare responsibilities and household chores. Marital bond duties did not have a statistically significant relationship with the psychosocial well-being of the participants, although the relationship was negative. Based on the findings of this study, we recommend that working mothers should be offered job-related and home-related social supports.

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Presented in Poster Session 2