Working moms report less depression


Mothers with jobs – part-time jobs - are healthier and happier than the stay-at-home-with-the-baby variety of mom. This is according to new research published in the American Psychological Association.

The data was pulled from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Study of early Child Care and Youth Development data, beginning in 1991 which included interview with 1,364 mothers shortly after the birth of their children. The interviews then continued over the next 10 years.

“In all cases with significant differences in maternal well-being, such as conflict between work and family or parenting, the comparison favored part-time work over full-time or not working,” said lead author Cheryl Buehler, PhD, professor of human development and family studies, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “However in many cases the well-being of moms working part time was no different from moms working full time.”

Moms working part-time reported better overall health and fewer depressive symptoms. The part0time and full-time moms also showed no different when it came to the perception that their employment supported family life, including ability to be a better parent.

“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 a part-time employees as well as offer them career ladders through training and promotion,” said study co-author Marion O’Brien, PhD, professor from the University of North Carolina.

Source: Journal of Family Psychology, MedicalNewsToday


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