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ERIC Number: EJ1023904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Child Care Changes, Home Environment Quality, and the Social Competence of African American Children at Age 3
Bratsch-Hines, Mary E.; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne
Early Education and Development, v24 n8 p1065-1081 2013
Research Findings: Recent work has demonstrated that the changes young children experience in their child care settings before age 5 may be related to subsequent development, especially social development. Several of these studies have included samples of middle-class children, with almost no emphasis on understanding these processes for low-income and/or African American children. This study examined a rural African American sample of children from birth to 3 years of age to understand not only the role of child care changes in children's social development but, in addition, the role played by children's home environment quality. Results suggested that more changes in child care up to age 3 (defined as "big changes" in provider, location, or quantity of care) were associated with lower child care provider ratings of children's social competence. Furthermore, this link appeared to be stronger for children whose home environment was of low quality. Practice or Policy: Policy, practice, and research implications are discussed. [Additional support in the research of this article was provided by The Family Life Project Key Investigators, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Home Observation for Measurement of Environment; Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
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