Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Motherhood can be a stressful and highly demanding role. With the challenges a mother faces, many factors can influence satisfaction a mother experiences in their life. Within the many roles mothers play throughout their lives, mindfulness is found to benefit both women and their children and positively influence mothers’ relationships with their children or partner. This study investigated the role of mindfulness within life satisfaction among mothers’ experiences by examining levels of social support, mother’s age, work-life balance, and socioeconomic status as predictors of life satisfaction when moderated by mindfulness. Participants were sampled through social media including Facebook and Instagram. The Mindfulness in Parenthood Questionnaire (McCaffrey, 2015), Work Life Balance Questionnaire (WLB; Hayman, 2005), Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (Zimet et al., 1988), and Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener et al., 1985) were used to measure participant’s motherhood experiences and a demographic questionnaire was administered to each participant. A moderation analysis was performed to assess the prediction of life satisfaction from social support, socioeconomic status, work life balance, age, and mindfulness. Overall, the regression models were significant. Together social support, socioeconomic status, work life balance, age, and mindfulness accounted for approximately 53% of the variance in life satisfaction. The mindfulness interactions were not significant. However social support, socioeconomic status, and work-life balance were found to be significant positive predictors of life satisfaction.


Dr. Brooke Mann

Date of Award

Spring 2024

Document Type



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