|CCF Releases New Research on Moms' Depression|
Council on Contemporary Families Releases New Research on Moms' Depression.
CONTACT: Virginia Rutter Framingham State University Sociology
Neither side is right, according to a new briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families. The impact of working for pay or staying home on a woman's risk of depression depends on her preferences and on the quality of her job, the researchers find.
**Mothers who stay home because they want to have a relatively low risk of depression.
**But mothers who stay home when they would rather be working for pay face a heightened risk of depression.
**In fact, such women have the same risk of depression as mothers who want to stay home but have to work and end up in low-quality jobs.
The quality of the job has an independent effect on women's depression and can even trump a woman's preference.
**Mothers employed in low-quality jobs have more risk of depression even when they do want to work for pay.
**But mothers in high-quality jobs have a low risk of depression even if they do NOT want to work for pay.
**Since many women today work outside the home, regardless of preference, this finding has important policy implications, the researchers conclude.
The CCF briefing paper, by Rachel Gordon and Margaret Usdansky, is based on a study that will appear in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues in 2012. It focuses on mothers with children from birth through age three who were interviewed as part of The Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD), conducted by the Eunice Shriver Kennedy National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Early Child Care Research The full report is available at http://www.contemporaryfamilies.org/temporary/working-mothers-stay-at-home-mothers-and-depression-risk.html.
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Margaret L. Usdansky, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Senior Research Associate with the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. email@example.com.
Rachel A. Gordon, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and faculty member of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) at the University of Illinois. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Council on Contemporary Families is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of family researchers, mental health and social practitioners, and clinicians dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best practice findings about American families. Founded in 1996 and based at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Council's mission is to enhance the national understanding of how and why contemporary families are changing, what needs and challenges they face, and how these needs can best be met. For more information, or to receive future briefing papers from the Council, contact Stephanie Coontz, Director of Research and Public Education of CCF and Professor of History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College. email@example.com; 360 352-8117.
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