Working Mothers and Child Care Persuasive Essay by Quality Writers

Working Mothers and Child Care
This paper explores whether leaving children in a child care facility is detrimental to a baby's attachment to its mother.
# 102529 | 1,892 words | 7 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 27, 2008 in Education (Development Studies) , Psychology (Child and Adolescent)

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The paper discusses the concern of new mothers that leaving a baby in a child care facility will diminish its ability to recognize its mother. The paper explains that those who select a good child care facility have little reason for concern about attachment. The paper looks at the sociological research that has proven that high-quality child care is beneficial for babies and young children and does not diminish attachment to the mother.

From the Paper:

"Many new mothers have deep concerns that returning to work shortly after giving birth and leaving their baby in a child care facility every day could have a detrimental effect on the baby's ability to recognize its mother. They have a tendency to believe that frequent contact with their baby is necessary in order for a mother-child bond to form, develop, and be maintained. Consequently, they wonder if child care is always bad for babies and young children.
"I can offer reassurance in response to these concerns, for many sociological studies have been conducted in order to identify the influence of childcare on babies and young children, and most of these studies indicate that there are no negative effects. For example, Bengt-Erik Andersson's (1992) research and analysis of this issue indicates
that child-care is beneficial for babies. He studied socioemotional behavior such as attentiveness versus distractibility, impulsivity and short temper, assertiveness, and interactions with others, and none of his study results "indicated negative effects of day-care during infancy.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andersson, Bengt-Erik. (1992). "Effects of Day Care on Cognitive and Socioemotional Competence of Thirteen-Year-Old Swedish Schoolchildren." Child Development, 63, 20-36.
  • "Child Care and Mother-Child Interaction in the First Three Years of Life" (1999). NICHD. Developmental Psychology, 35(6), 1399-1413.
  • Clifford, M. R. (2001). "The Relation of Preschool Child Care Quality to Children's Cognitive and Social Developmental Trajectories through Second Grade." Child Development, 72(5), 1534-1553.
  • Hamner, Tommie, and Turner, Pauline. (2001). Parenting in Contemporary Society.New York: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Sears, William. (2006) Creative Parenting: How To Use the Attachment Parenting Concept to Raise Children Successfully From Birth Through Adolescence. New York: Allyn and Bacon.

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