ERIC Number: ED331603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Who Cares for Children? Notes, Comments... No. 188 = Les enfants, qui s'en soucie?
The finding of positive effects of developmentally sensitive interaction on children's physical health is discussed and expanded in terms of five propositions. The first is that development requires participation in progressively more complex reciprocal activities on a regular basis over an extended period of time, with at least one person committed to the child's well-being and development, preferably for life, and with whom the child develops a strong, mutual, irrational emotional attachment. The second proposition is that establishment of patterns of progressive interpersonal interaction under conditions of strong mutual attachment enhances young children's responsiveness to other features of their immediate environment and invites growth-accelerating cognitive and behavioral responses. Third, establishment and maintenance of patterns of progressively more complex interaction and emotional attachment between caregiver and child depend on the involvement of another adult who affectionately assists the caregiving person. The final two propositions are that effective child rearing requires establishing ongoing patterns of exchange of information, two-way comminication, mutual accommodation, and mutual trust between the principal settings in which children and their parents live, as well as public policies and practices that provide place, time, stability, status, recognition, belief systems, customs, and actions in support of child rearing activities from a wide range of interested parties. (RH)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Childhood Needs, Cognitive Development, Community Involvement, Emotional Experience, Employed Parents, Family Environment, Individual Development, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Public Policy, Social Support Groups
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Paris (France).; United Nations, New York, NY. World Food Programme.; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).