Working mums are often thought and portrayed to be fatigued, stressed-out and possibly less healthy than their stay-at-home counterparts – but new research from a sociologist at the University of Akron begs to differ.
Assistant Sociology professor Adrianne Frech has found that mums who work full-time are healthier at 40, than stay-at-home mums who work part-time or have some employment history but are repeatedly unemployed.
The research revealed that choices made by women earlier in their professional careers can affect their health later in life. Those who choose to return full-time to the workplace not long after having children reported to have better physical and mental health – more energy, less depression, greater mobility – at the age of 40.
"Work is good for your health, both mentally and physically," says Dr Frech.
"It gives women a sense of purpose, self-efficacy, control and autonomy. They have a place where they are an expert on something, and they're paid a wage."
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