A British study of 17,000 parents and their children found that mothers who return to work before their child’s first birthday do not harm their child’s mental development. The study examined children born in the 1990s with a series of tests and questionnaires.

Co-author of the study, Professor Heather Joshi, described why the study is important. “There was evidence in some cases of a small negative impact [of women returning to work] in earlier decades – particularly for those born to working mothers in the 1970s and 1980s,” she said. “But when we looked at this other batch of children… we found that this smallish wrinkle in a very complicated pattern was not visible.”

A study published last month found that the children of working mothers are more likely to be overweight, however the authors emphasised that this was due a lack of support and highlighted the need for policies and programs to assist working parents.

From the telegraph.co.uk.

Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.