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"Does the amount of time mothers spend with children or adolescents matter?"
That's the question explored in the Journal of Marriage and Family, and the results are surprising. As reported in Here & Now, time spent with mom is more important in adolescence than in younger years:
"In childhood and adolescence, the amount of maternal time did not matter for offspring behaviors, emotions or academics, whereas social status factors were important. For adolescents, more engaged maternal time was related to fewer delinquent behaviors, and engaged time with parents together was related to better outcomes," sociologist Kei Nomaguchi, one of the authors of the study, told Here & Now. "Overall, the amount of mothers' time mattered in nuanced ways, and, unexpectedly, only in adolescence.