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Unanticipated GainsOrigins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life$
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Mario Luis Small

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195384352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384352.001.0001

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Childcare Centers and Mothers’ Well‐Being

Childcare Centers and Mothers’ Well‐Being

Whether Mothers Did Better When Their Children Were in Daycare

(p.28) 2 Childcare Centers and Mothers’ Well‐Being
Unanticipated Gains

Mario Luis Small

Oxford University Press

Using national data on mothers of young children, this chapter examines whether mothers who enrolled their children in centers thereby enlarged their own social networks, particularly the number of friends they reported. It also asks whether these networks improved mothers’ wellbeing. Results are consistent with expectations: mothers who patronized childcare centers tended to make new friends there, and making friends in centers was strongly and robustly associated with lower material hardship and mental hardship.

Keywords:   wellbeing, friendship formation, material hardship, mental hardship, depression

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