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23
Aug
Working moms at less risk of depression that moms who stay at home

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Working moms are less likely to develop symptoms of depression as compared to moms who stay at home, discovered a new study.

But, the working mothers who have unrealistic expectations that they can easily manage work and family and do not take vital steps show higher levels of depression than their more laid-back counterparts.

Researchers studied the survey results from 1,600 married U.S. women who had children at home and were participating in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

The women aged between 22 and 30 were asked their opinion of such statements as: "A wife who carries out her full family responsibilities doesn't have time for a job outside the home"; "The employment of wives lead to more juvenile delinquency"; "Women are much happier if they stay at home and take care of their children"; and "It is much better for everyone concerned if the man is the achiever outside the home and the woman takes care of home and family."

The reactions and comments of the women were actually intended to ferret out women's attitudes toward work-life balance by seeing how seamless they thought it would be to juggle work and family.

Then, at age 40, researchers measured their levels of depression.

Overall, women who were employed either full or part time were found to have less chance of being depressed than those who stayed at home. Signs of depression included difficult concentrating, feeling lonely, sad or restless, having trouble sleeping or getting going in the morning and feeling unable to shake the blues.

According to the study the difficult task of juggling employment and family care falls primarily on women.

Prior research has also shown that despite the challenges, being employed is beneficial for a women's mental health.

One reason why researchers found that women who have a realistic attitude about what it takes to balance work and family turn out to be less depressed than women who expect it to be easy.


 


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