Single mothers, new research has proved, spend a lot less time with their children than their married counterparts. Sarah Kendig and Suzanne Bianchi from University of Maryland examined differences in the amount and type of time that single, cohabiting, and married mothers spend with their children. They found that cohabiting and married mothers spend similar amounts of time caring for their children, while single mothers spend less time with their children than married mothers. However, if single mothers had the same level of education and employment as married mothers, they would spend the same amount of time with their children. The reason why single mothers spend less time is they have higher employment rates - and employed mothers spend less time caring for their children than mothers who are not employed. "This suggests that if we want to equalize maternal investments in time with children, we could do so by encouraging policies that focus on improving educational and employment opportunities for single mothers," the authors conclude. This study is published in the November 2008 issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family. Source: ANITAN/M << Skin Blisters and Bleeding for Some Asian Patients on Epile... Clinical BP Checks Not Indicator of Future Heart Risk >> Recommended Reading Child’s Growth Hampered If Mother Suffer Violence Kids whose mothers are exposed to violence grow less, according to a new study. The study found that violence against women in a family has serious consequences for the children's READ MORE Exposure to Cocaine During Pregnancy Weakens Kindergarten Kids’ Attention Paediatrics at the University of Miami have shown in a study that prenatal cocaine exposure renders students weaker at focussing attention in their early school years. READ MORE Obesity Risk Greater For Children Of Overweight Or Single Parents Children of overweight or single mothers have a greater likelihood of being overweight or obese, new research has found. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Drug Side Effects Calculator Indian Medical Journals More News on: Height and Weight-KidsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?