Working mums ‘don’t damage their children’

There is little evidence that the mental development or behaviour of children whose mums go back to work when they are infants are harmed, a major study shows.

There is little evidence that the mental development or behaviour of children whose mums go back to work when they are infants are harmed, a major study shows.
The research, co-authored by Professor Heather Joshi of the Institute of Education, studied 17,000 Britons and their children, most of whom were born during the 1990s.
They found that the children of mums who went back to work before their first birthday showed no apparent disadvantage. Professor Joshi said that the focus of research on mums had overly emphasised the difference between working and non-working mums instead of other factors, such as a stable home environment.
She added that there was some evidence of negative effects for children born in the 70s or 80s, but said that progress in terms of flexible working, dads sharing more of the childcare and better childcare arrangements had contributed to reducing these negative effects for children born in the 90s.
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