This research should exonerate working mothers. A study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Family Psychology shows those moms who work full-time, are generally better than their counterparts at home. The part time situation would be the most fulfilling, which keeps the advantage of well-being while remaining invested in the education of children.
To conduct this work, Cheryl Buehler, a professor at the University of North Carolina, peeled interviews conducted in 1991 by the National Institute for Health and Child Development from 1364 American from the birth of their baby to his 10 years.
It appears that the housewives have poorer health and say more depressed during the first years of their child’s life than working. The study does not specify if the work is not the result of a choice or an inability to find a job.
Part-time winners (moms working part-time)
In contrast, women working full-time or part-time (the latter is widely defined as the work of 1-32 hours per week) are the best jobs for moms because the fact of working contributes the well-being of their families and makes them better moms.
However, full-time and part-time differ in their difficulty articulating family life and work requirements: in this regard, women employed part-time fared better logically. Despite this, women working more than 32 hours per week say they are not less fit or more depressed: it seems that they know how to handle the extra stress of the situation.
The part-time employees have another advantage over housewives or working full time they are equally invested in the life of the school as the first (and unsurprisingly more than the latter), are more in listen to their children and offer them more stimulating activities than others (through trips to the museum or library or registering to extra-curricular activities in particular).
These results confirm the positive impact of the occupation on the well-being of mothers, already revealed in a study by the University of Washington this year. However, it warned against the risk of trying to be exemplary in all respects, may be a factor in depression.