If you think that working mums become gloomy as a consequence of toiling both at office and home, you need to get your facts checked, for an academic research has revealed that working mums are happier than
stay-at-home mums irrespective of the hours they have to spend in the
The study was led by Alison Booth and Jan Van Ours and was carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.
was found that even those mothers who work more than 45 hours a week
benefit from much higher levels of "life satisfaction" than full-time
This finding counters the long held assumption that mothers would be more pleased if they stayed home with their children.
was concluded three years ago by a research conducted by the Centre for
Policy Studies that almost half of the mothers were working only
because they needed money.
popularity of David Cameron's promise to offer tax breaks to married
couples to help mothers stay at home was also doubted by the
the report guaranteed Job Satisfaction and Family Happiness, high
levels of life satisfaction was found among women working part time,
those who work 30-34 hours a week and 41-45 hours a week also reported
high levels of wellbeing.
without children do not care about their working hours, while women
with children are significantly happier if they have a job, regardless
of how many hours it entails," Times Online quoted the authors of the
report, as saying.
data compiled in eight years of the British Household Panel Survey,
which questions 5,500 households on an annual basis, had been utilized
for the report.
It was also found that children had no role in increasing life satisfaction for men.
However, among women, it increases only when children start going to school.
The report concluded: "Given this finding, perhaps it is not surprising fertility is declining in Britain."
Conservatives will be charting out plans to make single parents, who
have children at school, work and to make joining a training programme
a condition of receiving benefit.