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Outline and Evaluate the effects of Daycare on aggression (12 marks)

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H/W 11th November 2011 Outline and evaluate the effects of Day care on aggression The NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) studied children who were 4 and a half years old and in kindergarten, data was being recorded on their social competence and problem behaviours, including being aggressive, but also behaviour that you might classify as challenging; examples of this are talking back to adults and demanding a lot of attention (NICHD 2003). In comparison to the one-to-one care offered by childminders, the group care offered in day nurseries tended to have more adverse effects. ...read more.

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Baker et al ((2005) analysed data on 30,000 children of two-parent families, and found that in the post-universal day care period, aggression among 2-4 year olds increased by 24% in Quebec which strongly contrasts with 1% in the rest of Canada. The wellbeing of parents has also declined showing greater incidences of hostile parenting and dissatisfaction with spouses. Sammons et al (2003) study and results show that there is a slight risk of increased antisocial behaviour when children spend more than 20 hours per week in nurseries and this risk increases noticeably when they spend more than 40 hours in care. ...read more.

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At age 10 years, individual differences in children?s development were overtaking the effects of their early care arrangements. No evidence was found that the children who has experienced out-of-home care were any more negative or aggressive in their behaviour with peers or adults compared to children who had been cared for at home. This does not support any of the studies mentioned so far, in contradicts the idea of aggressive behaviour stringing from day-care and lack of individual attention whilst growing up. All of these studies may also have individual changes that may have caused an increase in anti-social behaviour, for example a regular change in day-care advisors may affect the children. Megan O?Brien 12CT ...read more.

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