Having Kids At Home May Reduce Pandemic Depression

January 11, 2022

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Kids have struggled throughout the pandemic—from attending school by Zoom video conferencing to quarantining from family and friends—but surprisingly having children at home may help adults feel less distressed. According to a new University of Michigan study, adults in households with children have fewer mental health problems than other adults living without kids. Child care—beyond the effect of larger household size—may actually reduce depression during pandemic social isolation, the findings show.

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