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Stay at home or go back to work? Antecedents and consequences of mother's return to work after childbirth

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)
Author Grether Thorana, Wiese Bettina S.,
Project The interplay of work and family during transitions: Integrating individual and systemic influences
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Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)

Book Work and the transition to motherhood: Research perspectives
Editor , Matthews Russell A.; , Spitzmueller Christiane
Title of proceedings Work and the transition to motherhood: Research perspectives


The chapter provides an overview of viable theoretical approaches to explain mothers’ return-to-work decisions. Second, we present specific research on short- and long-term consequences of mothers’ timing of return by summarizing outcomes within different life domains such as career development, mothers’ physical and psychological well-being, and child development. Finally, we discuss implications for research and interventions in light of mothers’ (and families’) challenges and adjustment processes during the return-to-work phase.