"Working moms have lower rates of depression than their stay-at-home counterparts." So says a study by the American Sociological Association. However, "working mothers who expressed a supermom attitude that work and home lives can be blended with relative ease showed higher levels of depression symptoms than working moms who expected that they would have to forego some aspects of their career or parenting to achieve a work-life balance" In other words, you can do it jus't don't expect to do it all. Give yourself a break, and don't expect to be perfect.
As young adults, the women who participated in the study answered questions about work-life balance. They were asked to rank how much they agreed with statements such as “A woman who fulfills her family responsibilities doesn’t have time for a job outside the home,” “Working wives lead to more juvenile delinquency” and “A woman is happiest if she can stay at home with her children.”
Then, when the women were 40, the same women had their levels of depression measured.
The Study determined that the stay-at-home moms had more depression symptoms than the working moms in the study. “Employment is ultimately beneficial for women’s health, even when differences in marital satisfaction and working full or part time are ruled out.
This is useful information for women going through divorce. Frequently these women are faced with having to make a decision between the stay-at-home vocation they followed during the marriage, versus the need to return to work. Apparently from the first person, mom centered perspective, returning to work would not appear to be a bad thing. The next step is to find some research to see how the idea of mom returning to work affects the children?
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