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ERIC Number: EJ774848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
Socio-Emotional Development and Early Schooling: Experimental Research
Lamb, Michael E.
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v34 n4 p401-409 Dec 2004
Since the 1960s, researchers, legislators, advocacy groups, and social partners have examined, analysed, and written articles on the effects of early childhood care outside the family context on children's development and capacity for adaptation. Since the availability of non-parental care for children is often considered essential for women seeking employment, the debate on care and its effects is as much about ideology as evidence. Instead of examining the different roles and the influence that external custody can have on the child in different circumstances, popular and specialized literature has focused on a debate polarized between those who consider care beneficial and those who consider it harmful. Rather than arguing in favour of either of these stances, the author proposes to consider care in a wider sense, in seeking to understand its potential effects. In this article, the author reviews the effects of non-parental care: (1) On stimulation levels; (2) On introduction and exposure to social norms and rules; (3) On child/parent relationships; (4) On the possibility for children of establishing relationships with the persons caring for them and on the value of these relationships; and (5) On the levels of awakening and regulation of emotions. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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