Federal 10-yr. Daycare Study
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|Thu, 07-17-2003 - 8:52am|
I saw this on NBC Nightly News last night and found the story at their website. The 10-year federally funded study shows that for some kids daycare increases aggression and misbehavior. Basically, for those kids, the longer they are in daycare up to kindergarten, the more aggressive they become. It also showed that the cortisol levels increased in some infants and toddlers in daycare, while it was lower in those who were at home. (Cortisol is the "stress hormone" and the higher the stress, the higher levels of cortisol.)
A majority of kids weren't as affected according to the study.
As with all studies, each "side" will point out the parts that prove their point or they will claim the study didn't consider certain factors. Those who SAH will look at this and be relieved they didn't send their kids, especially infants and toddlers, to daycare, and like me, ask how "normal" behavior in daycare compares to "normal" behavior of kids at home with mom. Those who WOH will be quick to point out that the study showed that the majority of the 1,000 kids studied weren't as affected, if at all.
Comments? Does this study confirm or change your mind at all? Or is it just another study that basically says nothing? For those of you who are always insisting on backing up opinions with facts or studies, does this study qualify for anything for both sides of the issue?