Overcontrolling carers 'stress kids out'
Child carers that are overcontrolling when looking after children at soft play are more likely to increase kids' stress levels, according to new research.
Stress levels among children was found to increase alongside levels of intrusiveness among child carers at day care homes in a study by researchers at Georgetown and Minnesota universities and the Oregon Social Learning Center.
The findings, published in the journal Child Development, indicate that four in ten children had elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol linked to the behaviour of their caregiver.
Researchers indicated that the cortisol levels were large enough to indicate that the infants' bodies were stressed.
Commenting on the findings, lead research and University of Minnesota professor Megan Gunnar explained: "They add to our understanding of how children process stressors in child care, highlighting differences between boys and girls in how they express being more physiologically stressed."
Research published last week and carried out by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development indicated that the quality of child care at toddler age can have an influence on behaviour at age 15.
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