At-Home Mothers on the Rise, New Research Shows

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
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NEW YORK (AP) - More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children. It's a finding from a new Pew Research Center report.

The study found that the share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012. That's up from a low of 23 percent at the turn of the century. At the height of the recession in 2008, researchers believe 26 percent of mothers were home with children.

Factors cited by researchers to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater numbers than do U.S.-born moms. In addition, more women are unable to find work. And there are differing views on the impact of working mothers on young children.

The 29 percent includes women who are married, single, disabled, enrolled in school or unable to find work.

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