Being a Mother: Who Takes Care of the Caregiver?

From the Show: HER
Summary: What factors bear the biggest impact on keeping a mother psychologically healthy enough to tend to her children?
Air Date: 11/12/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Suniya Luthar, PhD
Suniya Luthar Suniya S. Luthar is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Professor Emerita, Columbia Univerisity's Teachers College. After receiving her Ph.D. (Distinction) from Yale University in 1990, she served on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and the Child Study Center at Yale. Between 1997 and 2013, she was Professor at Columbia University's Teachers College, where she also served as Senior Advisor to the Provost (2011-2013).

In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, Dr. Luthar has published several books including Resilience and vulnerability in childhood and Poverty and children's adjustment. She has served as Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology and Development and Psychopathology, as Chair of a grant review study section at the National Institutes of Health, member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research on Child Development, and of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Socioeconomic Status, and its Council of Representatives.

Dr. Luthar has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science (APS) and as Fellow for the American Psychological Association's Divisions 7 and 37. She received a Dissertation Award and the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award, both from the American Psychological Association, a Research Scientist Development (K) Award from the National Institutes of Health, and an American Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research on Intelligence.
Being a Mother: Who Takes Care of the Caregiver?
Mothers play a crucial role in caregiving in society.

From the nine months she carries her baby, to the birth and upbringing of her children, mothers give constant care, support, and partake in tasks without a permanent schedule.

But, who's the person who mothers a mom?

In a recent study, Arizona State University researchers asked more than 2,000 well-educated, upper middle-class mothers what factors helped them cope with the tireless task of being a mother.

What did the researchers find?

Listen in as Suniya Luthar, PhD, shares the recent study on being a mother, caregiving, and who mothers mommy.