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ERIC Number: ED093502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-18
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
The Status of the Child and Alternative Structures for Child Care Systems.
Boocock, Sarane Spence
This paper reports on research designed to explore the status of children and the relationship of patterns of child care to social structure and social change. The study is based on interviews with scholars and government officials, an analysis of statistical data and research reports, and visits to day care centers, playgrounds, and other settings in the United States, Sweden, Israel, and China. While much of the information necessary to assess the system of child care in this country has not been systematically collected and analyzed, there are a number of empirical indicators of child neglect and abuse. The current "crisis" seems to be the result of a combination of social trends of which the following appear to be major ones: (1) changes in the structure of households, (2) changes in sex roles which downgrade parenthood and child rearing, (3) loss of child care options outside the family, (4) a serious imbalance in the supply and demand for child care, and (5) the costliness of children. The role of the child and role system involved in child care which operates in different societies is also discussed. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China; Israel; Sweden; United States