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Link Shown Between Behavior and Child Care

on 2001/4/24 9:45:02 ( 1362 reads )


WASHINGTON, April 18, 2001: The results of a study financed by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development that began in 1990 in ten different cities across the U.S. has been tabulated. More than 1,100 children that receive child care defined as care by someone else other than the child's mother for at least 10 hours per week were observed. Quoting the article, "The study found a direct correlation between time spent in child care and traits like aggression, defiance and disobedience." Behavior ratings of the children were given by their mothers, other caregivers and kindergarten teachers. Researchers, including Dr. Belsky who has overseen the study, are unable at this point to identify why children in child care may be more aggressive or disobedient. Dr. Sarah Friedman who has coordinated the study for the child health institute suggests that child care providers may not be trained to emotionally support children or parents may simply be too overworked.

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