A recent study published in the Journal of Family Psychology reveals that working moms, whether full-time or part-time, were actually healthier and happier overall - with less symptoms of depression - than their stay-at-home counterparts. But this is only true during the child’s infancy stage.
The researchers from the University of North Carolina and Greensboro interviewed some 1,300 moms from different states in the U.S., beginning in 1991 from the children’s infancy until their elementary years. The mothers were to note whether they would experience any signs of depression during this period and were asked to rate their health as poor, fair, good or excellent.
The data gathered showed that part-time moms were more involved in their children’s schooling than those with full-time jobs or stay-at-home moms. They also had less reasons to feel bad about themselves. Other factors, nevertheless, need to be reviewed, such as the mothers’ educational attainment, number of children, etc. for the results to be considered conclusive.
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Are you a working mom or a stay-at-home mom? Do you think it affects how well you look after your children?
•December 12, 2011. “Working Mothers Are Healthier, Study Finds” livescience.com