Maternal Health and Childhood Outcomes
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The paper looks at the research of Suzanne Bianchi and her thesis that the gains, both economic and psychological, for working women exceed any possible negatives of women choosing to work. The paper also refers to a study by Black for "The Lancet" that highlights the importance of economic stability for women: poverty and poor pre- and post-natal maternal nutrition is linked to health problems for children that can have lasting repercussions later in life, such as stunted growth and even obesity. The paper clearly shows how a mother's economic status has a powerful role in influencing a child's state of health and general well-being. Furthermore, the paper finds that maternal depression and stress across all economic groups is associated with poor childhood outcomes. The paper draws the conclusion that improving the economic conditions of poor women with children seems to be the most important factor in improving the lives of their children in the future.
From the Paper:"According to scholar Suzanne Bianchi, the increased participation of women in the workforce has had surprisingly little impact, if any, upon the welfare of children at home. Through a combination of shifting to part-time employment when children are still young and reallocating time and responsibilities, many working women are still able to enjoy 'quality time' with their children. The main negative social change of the last several decades has not been the phenomenon of the two-career household but the increase in the divorce rate, writes Bianchi. Yet even the increase in female-led households has had less of an impact upon the amount of time mothers spend with young children than it has had upon the time children spend with their fathers. The reason that divorce can have such a deleterious effect upon child welfare is that after a divorce, the financial status of the wife usually experiences a decline while the status of the male remains constant or improves. As children often remain with their mothers, this can mean a reduction in opportunities for good schooling, and the other benefits of high economic and social status. It is not the divorce itself that has the negative impact, stresses Bianchi, rather it is the loss of social and economic opportunities in the life of the child."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bianchi, Suzanne. (2000, November) Maternal Employment. Demography, 37 (4): 401-414
- Black, Robert. (et al 2010) Maternal and child undernutrition: global and regionalexposures and health consequences. The Lancet.
- Casey, Patrick. (et al 2004). Health status, maternal depression, changing public assistance, foodsecurity and child health status. Pediatrics, 113(2): 298
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