Day care and aggression

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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.

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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

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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.
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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.  

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