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Classroom composition, childcare history and social development: are childcare effects disappearing or spreading?

Belsky, Jay (2009) Classroom composition, childcare history and social development: are childcare effects disappearing or spreading? Social Development 18 (1), pp. 230-238. ISSN 0961-205X.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9507.2008.00511.x

Abstract

Core findings of the ongoing National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study of early child care and youth development through the end of the primary-school years are summarized, highlighting the fact that both positive effects of good quality care on cognitive-linguistic-academic functioning and negative effects of extensive exposure to childcare on social development dissipate over time. Results showing that more time spent in any type of care or in center-based care in particular predict somewhat elevated levels of externalizing problems are given special attention and considered in light of new results from the early childhood longitudinal study showing that being in kindergarten classrooms comprised of many children with extensive childcare histories contributes to externalizing behavior over and above children's own personal childcare histories. Implications of these latter results for the study of childcare are considered, especially with respect to the meaning of evidence documenting apparently dissipating childcare effects.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): day care, aggression, classroom composition, childcare
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 15:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2295

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