Daily Happiness of Mothers with Young Children: An Experience Sampling Method Study
AUTHOR : 안수빈,이강이
INFORMATION : page. 35~50 / 2018 Vol.25 No.2
The purpose of this study is to investigate the daily happiness of mothers with infant, especially focused
on the three components of happiness: pleasure, meaning and engagement. The data were collected from
76 mothers raising infants aged 6months or under, using Experience Sampling Method(ESM). The methods
used for data analyses were descriptive statistics and verification. The major findings are as follows.
First, the mother’s most frequent daily activity was child care. In addition, the activity that induced the
highest level of pleasure level was meeting acquaintances; the activity with the highest level of meaning
and engagement was walking/exercise. Second, the levels for pleasure, meaning, and engagement were
significantly different depending on who they were with. Third, the levels of pleasure and engagement also
significantly varied according to the time of day. These results suggest practical ways to promote happiness
of mothers’ with very young children.