ERIC Number: ED311315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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The After-School Ecology of Young Adolescents and Self-Reported Behavior.
Galambos, Nancy L.; Maggs, Jennifer L.
With the majority of mothers of school-aged children now in the labor force, there is much concern about the supervision of these children when the parents are at work and school is out. Of particular concern are children in self-care after school, many of whom spend their time in places other than home. This study contrasted sixth-graders in adult-care with sixth-graders in self-care. Subjects (N=112) were sixth-graders from two-parent families in which both parents are employed on a part- or full-time basis. Data from the analyses were generated from questionnaires by the families on two occasions 6 months apart. A series of hierarchical multiple regression analyses examined the effects of sex of adolescent, self-care status, and parental work hours on peer experience and self-image. The results indicated that variation in self-care experience was more important for predicting behavior than was the number of hours both parents were working. The kinds of arrangements that were made for children when the parents were away had more import for understanding adolescent behavior than how much the parents worked. Self-care experience had more direct implications for peer activities than it did for self-image. Girls who were unsupervised were more at risk for problem behavior than were boys. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada