Parental Burnout: An Investigation of Burnout in Parents of Children with Misophonia

Emily Steinberg, Fordham University


Parental burnout is a relatively new construct that has been explored among various parent populations. The current study examined parental burnout in the context of parenting a child with misophonia. Specifically, the current study investigated the relationship between parental burnout and (1) the severity of children’s misophonia symptoms, (2) family accommodation, and (3) parental psychopathology. A sample of 48 youths and their parents participated in a treatment trial for misophonia, completing self-report questionnaires at baseline and post-treatment. Results indicated that family accommodation and parental worry symptoms were both significantly associated with parental burnout at baseline. Neither children’s misophonia severity, nor parental depressive, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms, were associated with parental burnout at baseline. Additionally, changes in misophonia severity from pre- to post-treatment were not correlated with changes in parental burnout. Changes in parental burnout from pre- to post-treatment were also not correlated with any parental psychiatric symptoms. These findings provide evidence that parents who accommodate their children’s symptoms and who experience greater worry may also experience higher parental burnout. Psychoeducation should be provided to parents about these relationships, in an effort to reduce the likelihood that parents of youth with misophonia become burnt out. This research also highlights the importance of developing interventions to reduce parental burnout.

Subject Area

Clinical psychology|Individual & family studies|Pediatrics

Recommended Citation

Steinberg, Emily, "Parental Burnout: An Investigation of Burnout in Parents of Children with Misophonia" (2023). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30812879.