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December 14, 2011 2:06:58 PM PST
Working part time could bring some unexpected perks for mothers of young children.

New research in the Journal of Family Psychology finds mothers with jobs are healthier than those who are not employed. They were also less depressed and reported better overall health than moms who stayed at home with young children.

Researchers say stay-at-home moms may be more socially isolated which might lead to depression. They may also be under more stress being at home with kids all day. That stress seems to let up a bit when their children start school.

Researchers suggest this might explain why the link disappeared when children entered preschool.