Working Moms Happier, Healthier Than Stay-at-Home Peers:
TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Working mothers have better
health and fewer symptoms of depression than stay-at-home moms, a
new study indicates.
The researchers also found that mothers with part-time jobs can
balance work and nurturing their children better than those with
For the study, published in the December issue of the
Journal of Family Psychology, researchers analyzed data collected from over 1,300 mothers in the United States who were interviewed shortly after their child's birth and underwent further interviews and observation over more than 10 years of follow-up.
The women were enrolled in the U.S. National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth
Mothers who worked either full-time or part-time reported better
overall health and fewer symptoms of depression than stay-at-home
moms, according to the researchers at the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro.
Mothers with part-time jobs were just as involved in their
child's school as stay-at-home moms, and more involved than mothers
with full-time jobs, the investigators found. The study authors
also noted that mothers with part-time jobs appeared more sensitive
with their preschool children and provided more learning
opportunities for toddlers than stay-at-home moms and mothers with
The researchers pointed out that cost-conscious employers often
hire part-time workers because they typically don't receive the
same amount of benefits, such as health insurance, training and
"Since part-time work seems to contribute to the strength and well-being of families, it would be beneficial to employers if they provide fringe benefits, at least proportionally, to part-time employees as well as offer them career ladders through training and promotion," study co-author Marion O'Brien, a professor of human development and family studies, said in a news release from the American Psychological Association.
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