23 Jul '11, 2am

Better for children if new mothers return to work, British study finds

Children whose mothers return to work within the first year after birth are less likely to fight with their classmates or become anxious than if their mothers stay at home, according to new research. Despite concerns that young children suffer if they are left in childcare during the early years of their lives, academics at the University College London found that there were "no detrimental effects" resulting from mothers going back to work. Dr Anne McMunn, the lead researcher in the study, said mothers who worked full-time were least likely to have children with emotional or behavioural problems, such as hyperactivity, aggression, tantrums or becoming worried or "clingy". The best arrangement for children's emotional stability is a home in which both parents are in paid jobs. This is partly because mothers who work are less likely to be depressed, the study concluded.

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