The Relationship Between Self-Compassion, Concern for Others, and Parental Burnout in Child’s Chronic Care Management

Zach Gerber, Zev Davidovics, David Anaki

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Objectives: Parental burnout is a construct that reflects the exhaustion and emotional distancing of parents from their children due to the growing demands of caring for them. Research has pointed to a heightened risk for parental burnout among parents of children with special needs. Additional research has indicated that parents’ personality traits and relational dynamics serve as resiliency factors regarding parental burnout. Methods: In the present study, 91 primary parental caregivers of children receiving ongoing treatment at a pediatric ambulatory care unit were recruited. A theoretical model proposing the specific ways in which self-compassion and concern for others complement each other in predicting parental burnout was examined. In this model, the relationships between self-compassion, concern for others, and burnout respectively are mediated by different basic psychological needs, detailed in self-determination theory. Participants completed various questionnaires measuring these constructs. Regression and mediation analyses were used to examine our hypotheses. Results: Results indicated that self-compassion and concern for others predicted levels of parental burnout. The covariance between concern for others and burnout was mediated by the psychological need of relatedness. Conclusions: The findings support the extension of a three-layered conceptual model of (a) self-compassion and concern for others, (b) psychological needs, and (c) burnout. The present study highlights self-compassion and concern for others as potential resilience factors regarding the risk of burnout in parental caregiving. These findings point to promising avenues for burnout prevention and preemptive facilitation of parental caregiving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2920-2928
Number of pages9
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021

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  • Caregiving
  • Concern for others
  • Parental burnout
  • Self-compassion
  • Self-determination theory


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