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New Study Raises Concerns About Daycare

Posted April 24, 2001 4:04 a.m. EDT

— A new study says that kids in child care situations have a harder time controlling aggression. Not surprisingly, it has led to a great deal of debate.

"In a lot of ways that study leaves more questions unanswered than answered," says Child Psychologist Melissa DeRossier. She says the study fails to address the fact that there are different levels of quality in child care. She says good care will almost always lead to fewer behavioral problems.

"You do need to be vigilant, you need to be aware of what's going on in your child's daycare to ensure your child is in high quality daycare," DeRossier says.

Debra Maass, however, has reservations about letting others take care of her children. She stays home to raise her three children, including three-year-old Dylan.

"I wouldn't have had kids if I knew I couldn't raise them," she says.

Maass says being home with her kids allows her to help curb things like aggressive behavior.

"I can see it more when I'm home with them, I can monitor that. [I have] the control. I can monitor whether or not they're going to have an argument."

Emily Strong encourages kids at her Raleigh Montessori school to talk out their problems. She says as a result they are less aggressive.

"That's okay, you can use your words to tell him that," she tells one unhappy child.

"We mediate that conflict, we give the child an opportunity to apologize, and we give the other child the opportunity to forgive."