Nöjda mödrar, duktiga barn

Vad gör att ett barn utvecklas väl? Många faktorer spelar förstås in, men en icke oväsentlig faktor tycks vara mödrarnas livstillfredsställelse. Detta enligt den nya tyska studien ”Maternal Life Satisfaction and Child Outcomes: Are They Related?”:

Our results, based on data from the German Socio-Economics Panel Study, indicate that the more satisfied a mother, the better the verbal and motor skills of her two- to three-year-old child and the more “normal” the socio-emotional behavior of her five- to six-year-old child. The relationship is more pronounced for boys than for girls. Using mothers’ life satisfaction before the birth of her child as an instrument, we can exclude the problem of reverse causality. Addressing the issue of further individual heterogeneity, robustness tests indicate that neither mothers’ personalities nor their cognitive abilities are the main drivers of the results.

Måhända ett skäl för kvinnor som inte är särskilt nöjda med livet att ta det lugnt med barnalstrandet.