Day care and aggression
- Longitudinal study.
- Over 1,000 children - from diverse families - 10 different locations involved.
- Child & parent assessed at regular intervals to establish effects various experiences (e.g. daycare)
had on childs devolopment.
- Children studied at age 5 = more time children spent in day care of any kind - adults rated thm more assertive, disobedient and aggressive.
Day care and attachment
Belsky & Rovine
- Assessed attachment using the strange situation
- Assessed infants who were reveiving 20+ hours in day care per week before the age of 1
- These children = more likely to be insecurely attached than children at home
Day care and peer relations
- Day care = positive influence on childs social development.
- Good day care - provides plenty of social sitmulation.
- Whereas children at home (especially with little contact from other children) may lack social interaction.
- Leads to the thinking that children in day care = more likely to be insecurely attached.
Evaluation - Day care and aggression
- One of the NICHD workers pointed out that the results relating to agression can be stated differenty - 83% of the children who spent 10 - 30 hours in day care did not show higher aggression levels.
Mothers sensitivity = better indicator of reported problem behaiours than time spent in day care.
- The more sensitive the mother - the fewer problem behaviours from child.