Leave duration after childbirth: impacts on maternal mental health, parenting, and couple relationships in Australian two-parent families

Whitehouse, Gillian, Romaniuk, Helena, Lucas, Nina and Nicholson, Jan (2013) Leave duration after childbirth: impacts on maternal mental health, parenting, and couple relationships in Australian two-parent families. Journal of Family Issues, 34 10: 1356-1378. doi:10.1177/0192513X12459014


Author Whitehouse, Gillian
Romaniuk, Helena
Lucas, Nina
Nicholson, Jan
Title Leave duration after childbirth: impacts on maternal mental health, parenting, and couple relationships in Australian two-parent families
Journal name Journal of Family Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0192-513X
1552-5481
Publication date 2013
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0192513X12459014
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Issue 10
Start page 1356
End page 1378
Total pages 23
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract 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 parenting relationship. The analysis also highlighted the importance of leave supports at the workplace: Mothers who experienced workplace problems during their pregnancy were more likely to report feeling rushed and to rate their couple relationship as unhappy or argumentative 2 to 3 years later. Overall, our study underlined the complexity of leave impact but affirmed the importance of leave duration for maternal mental health and leave takers’ workplace supports for maternal and family outcomes.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print: 6 November 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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