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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Maternal Employment Does Not Harm Infants’ Development

Posted: January 1, 2005

Dr. Aletha Huston, Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development, directed a study researching the effects of maternal employment on the development of children.

"The study is one of few to consider maternal-time use during early infancy, when crucial attachments to care givers are developing. Infants also are thought to learn what to expect of the world from care givers during this time, such as how much they can depend on others.

'The mother is an important source of care then, but she doesn’t have to be there 24 hours a day to build a strong relationship with her child,' Huston said."

...from Maternal employment does not harm infants’ development, research shows

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