National Study Links Aggression to Day Care

Day care is a must for many moms and dads these days, with one or both parents working. But a national study says that as the time kids spend in day care goes up, so does a child's misbehavior.

"To solely say it's a day care thing, I don't agree with that," says Maria Jessup, a parent in Carbondale. Jessup says she started taking her son to day care for socialization and, new behaviors are bound to happen wherever children are, not just day care.

"If you get one or two cases, others too act out because of the playing environment you will see that," says Jessup. "But that could be in any neighborhood park or a neighborhood setting, too."

"I think anytime you get a group of kids together, going to have aggressive behavior," says Christine O'Dell. "I think what really effects behavior is home life and parents."

Therasa Anderson says she was shocked when she read the study results and whole-heartedly disagrees."I don't believe that issue," says Anderson. "He's never been a bad kid, but since day care he's calmed down and settled down."

Dawn Hayes is the assistant director for the Admiral Child Development Center in Carbondale. She says she also disagrees with the study results, and day care provides a number of positive influences on children. "There are quite a few children to compete with and that could contribute, but they're also learning social skills, how to share," says Hayes.

The study also suggests that it does not matter what kind of non-maternal care children receive, results are the same even for in-home care by a nanny.

Hayes says researchers should do more studies on aggression and consider more than just day-care centers, such as home-life.