ERIC Number: EJ824405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Dissipating or Diffusing Aggression after Non-Maternal Childcare? Commentary on a Novel Hypothesis
Linting, Marielle; van IJzendoorn, Marinus H.
Social Development, v18 n1 p239-246 Feb 2009
In an intriguing account, the hypothesis is proposed that elevating effects of quantity of childcare on aggression might not, as other research has suggested, be dissipating over time, but instead be diffusing across groups of children. Paradoxically, this diffusion may also affect children with little or no experience with non-maternal care. If supported, this hypothesis may cause great concern about the increasing childcare use in western countries. In this commentary, we take a closer look at this hypothesis, focusing on limitations in ethnic and cultural diversity of the available data, on the inconclusive role of temperament, on the causal nature of some conclusions, and on the role of the father as a non-maternal caregiver.
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Individual Differences, Mothers, Fathers, Parent Role, Classroom Environment, Time Perspective, Social Development, Child Care, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Outcomes of Education, Student Behavior, Child Care Centers, Aggression, Behavior Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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