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Mom.me: 3 Small Changes That Will Make American Parents Happier
[7/18/2016]
June 28, 2016
“Mom blog” post about how parents can decrease the family stress level and increase overall happiness at home cites a recent study that found that parents in a majority of the 22 countries studied reported less happiness than their non-parent counterparts, with the largest “happiness gap” in the United States. The major reason being the relative lack of family-friendly policies in the American workplace, like paid sick and vacation days, flexible work hours and paid parental leave, said co-researcher Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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The Commerce Journal: U.S. parents suffer a happiness penalty
[7/19/2016]
June 29, 2016
The United States has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a report co-authored by a Baylor researcher, mainly because of a relative lack of workplace-friendly policies, such as paid sick time, paid vacation, flexible work hours and paid parental leave. “In the U.S., we’re not treating our parents very well,” said Matthew Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Medical Daily: Parents in the US Are Less Likely to Be Happy, Thanks to Lack of Support and Flexible Work Hours
[7/19/2016]
June 28, 2016
Scientists from Baylor University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University examined data on parental happiness from the U.S. and 22 other industrialized countries and found that not only are U.S. parents generally not as happy as non-parents, but the country also has the largest happiness gap between the two groups. One reason could be the relative lack of workplace policies aimed at helping parents balance their new responsibilities with their careers, said co-researcher Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Deseret News: Mom and Dad want paid parental leave in the U.S.
[7/14/2016]
July 11, 2016
American parents are generally not as happy as their childless counterparts in the United States, and the country has the largest “happiness” gap of 22 industrialized countries, according to a study co-authored by a Baylor University researcher. The reason is the relative lack of family-friendly policies, such as paid sick and vacation days, flexible work hours and paid parental leave. “In the U.S., we’re not treating our parents very well,” said Matthew Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
(FULL STORY)

MSN: Does having children make you happier? Parents who say yes are probably lying
[7/8/2016]
July 8, 2016
Researchers from Baylor University, the University of Texas and Wake Forest University examined data on parental happiness from the U.S. and 22 other industrialized countries and found that not only are U.S. parents generally not as happy as non-parents, but that the country also has the largest happiness gap between the two groups. The lower happiness level of parents was associated with a relative lack of workplace policies aimed at helping them balance work and career responsibilities. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Chicago Tribune: The biggest lie that American parents tell
[7/8/2016]
July 6, 2016
Researchers from Baylor University, the University of Texas and Wake Forest University examined data on parental happiness from the U.S. and 22 other industrialized countries and found that not only are U.S. parents generally not as happy as non-parents, but the country also has the largest happiness gap between the two groups. According to the researchers, one reason could be the relative lack of workplace policies aimed at helping parents balance their new responsibilities with their careers. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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