Do We Value Our Children Enough to Change Our Child-Care Policies?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 118. Reviews the book, Child Care in the Family: A Review of Research and Some Propositions for Policy by Alison Clarke-Stewart (1977). Alison Clarke-Stewart has undertaken an enormous task in her book not only to review the available research concerning how children's psychological development is influenced by characteristics and behavior of members of their family, but also to suggest, with some caution, propositions for child-care policy. How successful are her efforts? Her book provides useful information to those who are interested in the relationships between research on child care and propositions for policy. It is easy to read and will be valuable to individuals who work with families and children and those who are concerned at both a societal and personal level with the care that they receive. One wishes, however, that the author would go further in suggesting how the needed changes for our children could be realistically carried out. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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