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Leave Duration After Childbirth: Impacts on Maternal Mental Health, Parenting, and Couple Relationships in Australian Two-Parent Families

Whitehouse, Gillian; Romaniuk, Helena; Lucas, Nina; Nicholson, Jan M


In this article, we use longitudinal data on Australian two-parent families to assess the impact of mothers' leave duration after childbirth on their subsequent mental health, quality of parenting, and couple relationships. We found that 2 to 3 years after the birth, psychological distress was significantly less likely among mothers who took >13 weeks paid leave or >26 to 52 weeks leave in total. However, those who took >26 weeks in total were more likely to register as "distant" in their...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Family Issues
DOI: 10.1177/0192513X12459014


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