"While day care is being increasingly used by parents, it is still nuclear what its precise effects are on a child's development are."
Consider psychological research into the effects of day care on children's cognitive and/or social development
Cognitive development is the growth and development of a child's mental processes. The effects on the cognitive development of children who go to day care are mainly positive especially in boys who benefit most from day care particularly if they start before the age of 1, this contradicts Bowlby's theory which suggests that separation would affect future emotional development. Burchinal, Lee and Ramey tested the IQ of children going into school. The found that those who had been to day care did better. In 1997 Broberg et al found evidence to support this idea they studied 146 children and found that those who had been in day care performed better in mathematical and verbal tasks the longer the children were in day care for the better they did on the tasks.
Clark-Steward found that children aged 2-4 who attended day care had better intellectual development. He also found that day care was beneficial to children's attainment as long as they we not left in care for longer than 6 hours.
Andersson investigated the long-term effects of day care on cognitive and social development. The procedure was a longitudinal study using a sample of 100 children from different social classes and 1 and 2 parent families. The children were assessed at the ages of 8 and 13 their teaches rated the cognitive and social ability and IQ scores were taken. Andersson found those children who had higher school performance entered day care before the age of 1 year. The children who had low school performance didn't go to day care. This study...