Impacts on Families

Negative Impacts of Shift Work and Long Work Hours on Families86-96

Few studies examined the influence on child rearing. Some studies suggest long work hours for mothers adversely influence their children's behavior and verbal ability,94,95 and one study suggested an associated increase in obesity of the children.96 However, one study reported potential benefits for families: fathers at home in the evenings while their wives worked were more active in their parenting role and built strong, positive relationships with their children.97