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ERIC Number: ED499812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Can Child Care Impact Risk for Depression? FPG Snapshot #46
FPG Child Development Institute
Children living in poverty often have less than ideal home environments and are at an increased risk for depression in adulthood. Because we know from existing research that experiences in child care can have long-term affects for children socially, FPG researchers wondered if such experiences could temper the mental health impact of lower quality home environments. Following up on more than 100 participants of the original Carolina Abecedarian Project conducted between 1972 and 1977, researchers found that young adults who had received full-time early educational child care from infancy to age five reported fewer symptoms of depression than similar young adults who had not, underscoring the importance of investing in high quality early childhood experiences for poor children. [This FPG Snapshot was produced by the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A