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ERIC Number: ED404025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Latchkey Children: Are They Prepared for Self-Care.
Boland, Pat; Simmonds, Audrey
Although children left at home without adult supervision may function very well, studies have shown potential problems with self-care and latchkey children. This study investigated the attitudes of 30 employed parents in New York whose first or third grade children were regularly left home alone after school. The 20-question survey covered such areas as parents' perceptions of their children's ability to take care of themselves, use of older siblings as caregivers, activities the child was allowed to engage in while home alone (such as television viewing or playing outside), availability of outside help in case of emergency, satisfaction with the latchkey arrangement, and opinions on after-school programs. Results indicated that while most parents perceived child self-care as a positive experience for their children, most felt guilty, concerned, or ambivalent about leaving their children home alone. Respondents were also dissatisfied with the local school-based after-school program. In terms of common activities while home alone, most children were not allowed outside but were allowed to watch television for entertainment. (The report concludes with a discussion of important aspects of a positive after-school program. Contains 8 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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