A major new US study has investigated the effects on young children's wellbeing when mothers return to work within months of giving birth. The academics from New York's Columbia University School of Social Work who conducted the study concluded that when mothers returned to work, this did not impact adversely on their offspring's development. This is in contrast to other recent studies from Essex University and UNICEF which suggested that childrens' development could be affected by such circumstances.
The full study comprises the latest issue of Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development. UCB students can access this in full by entering the Wiley InterScience site in Athens.