Whether a mother works has no impact on how her child develops, say two Los Angeles-based psychologists.
Their study, scheduled to be read today to members attending the annual convention of the American Psychological Assn. in Los Angeles, measured the emotional, social and intellectual growth of a group of 130 Orange County children from infancy to age 7.
The study's authors, Adele and Allen Gottfried, said the results of their research should give working mothers a feeling of self-confidence. What is more important than working, according to the Gottfrieds, is a mother's attitude toward her employment, not the job itself, said Adele E. Gottfried.
"Employment does not mean we are paying less attention to our children," she said.