Negative Effects Of Daycare

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Daycare is often seen as almost a controversial decision, but many parents are left without the luxury of choosing whether or not to utilize it. That it is harmful to the development of a child is often the strongest reasoning for a parent opting to stay home and raise children “the way it should be done”. Those who are often purveyors of this myth don 't actually know what social science research has to say about the subject, which is what we will be examining here. In conducting research for this article I wanted to lead with the most interesting study I came across done in Sweden with 146 children concerning cognitive abilities, which obviously has more implications for academic success rather than social behaviors. Children who were enrolled…show more content…
A quick look at the two journals chosen will confirm that the definition of quality is somewhat subjective. Prior to this, common sense at least to me told me that there were objective postie and negative consequences to childcare. The answer, or lack there of is a bit more nuanced then I imagined but it more less reinforced me belief that daycare with proper context, timing, and care can have a net positive effect. The most interesting fact to me was the fact that studies consistently showed that high quality daycare (for all it 's different interpretations) seemed to give children a leg up in academic achievement and cognitive ability. We may not understand all the mechanics at work when it comes to children but to know that high quality care improves these qualities would make it almost seem like an obligation for parents to place our children in these centers, even if for minimal exposure. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn 't any conclusive evidence one way or the other considering risk behavior and social development. There does seem to be some correlation between higher hours and more risk type behavior, but it didn 't apply to children of lower socioeconomic status. There 's a lot of inferences we can make here based off of what we know of the development of children and the habits of parents in these situations, but until we have more actual knowledge concerning the subject it 'd be irresponsible to try to influence any sort of policy concerning the matter. Overall my viewpoint was this, if utilized correctly and executed out of concern for the well being of the child rather than as a way of brushing aside responsibility, daycare can be a vital asset for both child and parent. My research into the topic affirmed my stance with some new points to make should the subject ever arise in
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