Family Development and Child Care Analytical Essay by Nicky

Family Development and Child Care
This paper look at the issue of family development and presents child care advice for parents.
# 146791 | 3,142 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer addresses the important factors affecting child care use and its implications on the child's cognitive and social outcomes. The writer maintains that both theory and empirical evidence suggest that the influence of parents on children's social development is continuous across the life span. Much of that influence is established during early childhood, providing the foundation upon which children view the socialization process later in life. The writer discusses that concurrent experiences including changing parental styles may also alter the trajectory path for social behavior predicted by early childhood attachment patterns. The writer concludes that cultural influences and other factors not covered in this paper must also be taken into account so that child social development may be viewed as universal but not necessarily uniform across societies.

From the Paper:

"The decision on whether to use child care or not ultimately depends on the parents' needs and circumstances. Some parents do it for financial reasons such as mortgage responsibilities and lifestyle choices. However, as mentioned earlier, the most common reason for using child care is the mother wanting to return to work. Studies show that women who are first-time mothers, highly educated, and have higher socio-economic status are more likely to return to work earlier than others. Although society in general still believes in the traditional view that mothers are the best to take care of their babies and must therefore sacrifice career for family, there is strong ongoing evidence that mothers take care of their children better if they feel secure in whatever role they fulfill, whether as a paid employee or a homemaker. In other words, it is not working or staying at home full-time per se that matters but the mother's attitude and feelings towards her role."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Belsky, J. 2007. "Are there long-term effects of early child care?" Child Development, Vol. 78, No. 2.
  • Harrison, L. 2002. "Maternal employment and infant-mother attachment security at 12 months postpartum." Development Psychology, Vol. 38, No. 5.
  • Jaffari-Bimmel, N. 2006. "Social development from infancy to adolescence: Longitudinal and concurrent factors in an adoption sample." Development Psychology, Vol. 42, No. 6.
  • Johnson, S. 2007. "Evidence for infants' internal working models of attachment." Psychological Science, Vol. 18, No. 6.
  • Lamb, M. (1999). Parent-Child Relationships: Development in the Context of the Family. In Development Psychology: An Advanced Textbook. M. Bornstein (Ed.). NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

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