The Gallup analysis focused on 60,000 U.S. women interviewed in 2012, in which many reported having negative emotions.
However, not all stay-at-home mothers in Utah agree.
Amanda Manzanares said she loves to stay at home with her 14-month-old daughter.
“Being a stay at home mom, you get all the moments,” Manzanares said. “It has its frustrations just like with anything else I think, but I definitely enjoy it more than if I was missing these moments.”
Heather Maez, a stay-at-home mother of two, agrees.
“I try very hard to get out of the house and have something planned, not just for myself but for my kids,” Maez said.
Non-employed women with young children are more likely than women with young children at home who are employed for pay to report experiencing sadness and anger. Stay-at-home mothers are also much more likely to report having ever been diagnosed with depression than employed moms.
Utah ranks highest among states for prescribing anti-depressants.
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