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The After-school Lives of Children : Alone and With Others While Parents Work - Deborah Belle

The After-school Lives of Children

Alone and With Others While Parents Work

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Published: 1st March 1999
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Based on research about after-school experiences and dilemmas conducted over a four-year period with employed parents and their children, this book draws on the stories these parents and children told--often using their actual words--to emphasize the wide variety of children's after-school arrangements, children's movement over time in and out of different arrangements, and the importance to children of multiple facets of their after-school arrangements, not simply the presence or absence of an adult caretaker. The book also emphasizes that children are not randomly assigned to after-school arrangements. Rather, parents and children struggle to reach optimal solutions to what are often difficult child care dilemmas. To understand these dilemmas, and the diverse strategies that families adopt, one must attend to the individual situations of children as family members understand them.
This book was written to contribute to the development of new family and work policies and practices by illuminating the difficulties families face and their consequences for children. Written for psychologists, sociologists, and other social scientists who study families, maternal employment, child care, or child development, it will also be useful for parents, educators, community leaders, and public policymakers concerned about the well being of children whose parents are employed.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Do School-Age Children Need Adult Supervision?p. 13
A Different Approach to the Questionp. 37
Dilemmasp. 51
Changes in After-School Arrangements Over Timep. 81
Stressful Challenges in the After-School Hoursp. 96
Social Relationships and Social Supportp. 112
After-School Arrangements and Children's Well-Beingp. 140
Appendix: Demographic Characteristics of the Focus Children at the Start of the Studyp. 169
Referencesp. 172
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780805823257
ISBN-10: 0805823255
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st March 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1