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Source: Midwestern Psychological Association
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1. Ullman, Douglas G.
Dubow, Eric F.
Causey, D.
Evans, Martin G.
Factors in the Adjustment of Latchkey Children
Presented: Chicago, IL, Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, 1989
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: Midwestern Psychological Association
Keyword(s): Behavior Problems Index (BPI); Behavioral Problems; Child Care; Child Development; Children, Academic Development; Children, Behavioral Development; General Assessment; Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Math); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Reading); Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT); Self-Esteem; Self-Perception Profile for Children (SPPC)

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This exploratory study was designed to assess the relationship among various psychological and family background variables and five indices of academic and behavioral adjustment among two groups of children aged 5-12, a latchkey group of children whose primary or secondary child care arrangement was either self-care or care by a sibling under age 15 and a matched group of non-latchkey children. Using data from the Children of the NLSY, the study found little evidence for any overall differences in academic or behavioral problem adjustment between the groups of latchkey and non-latchkey children. Some preliminary evidence was found for an effect on adjustment of number of hours in self-care; however, other factors such as the child's intelligence, quality of interaction in the home, and self-esteem interacted with the number of hours in self-care to account for significant amounts of the variance in academic and behavioral adjustment. Implications for future research are discussed.
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Ullman, Douglas G., Eric F. Dubow, D. Causey and Martin G. Evans. "Factors in the Adjustment of Latchkey Children." Presented: Chicago, IL, Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, 1989.