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Role Strain, Emotion Management, and Burnout: Homeschooling Mothers' Adjustment to the Teacher Role

Jennifer Lois
Symbolic Interaction
Vol. 29, No. 4 (Fall 2006), pp. 507-530
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
DOI: 10.1525/si.2006.29.4.507
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/si.2006.29.4.507
Page Count: 24
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Role Strain, Emotion Management, and Burnout: Homeschooling Mothers' Adjustment to the Teacher Role
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Abstract

Drawing from three years of field research with a homeschooling support group in the Pacific Northwest, I present the emotional stages mothers passed through as they tried to integrate the teacher role into their busy lives. In most cases, mothers found teaching more demanding than they had expected, straining their other roles as mothers and homemakers, as well as causing emotional burnout. To manage their insecurity, anxiety, and stress, mothers employed a variety of emotion management techniques. Mothers who successfully overcame burnout prioritized some roles, combined others, and received significant support from their husbands. I conclude by discussing the implications for theories of burnout.

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