latchkey children


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latchkey children

minors who are often at home alone because their parents are at work.

latchkey children

Children who have a key to their home, needed for when they return home when no adult is present to supervise them. These children are at a higher risk of accidents, abusing drugs, and smoking cigarettes.
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First, educators should help design curricular programs that would help latchkey children (and their parents) determine the logistical means and the responsibilities of self-care arrangements (Lilly, 1992).
They found that 23 percent of the high-risk, latchkey children reported drinking 11 or more alcoholic drinks during their lifetime, while only 11 percent of children with constant supervision reported drinking that much.
Latchkey children had more fears, a difference that related closely to the child-parent relationship.
They found that latchkey children appear to be functioning similarly to the children who go home to their mothers.
During World War II, women flooded the labor market and the amount of latchkey children grew.
Others make daily phone calls to latchkey children with whom they are matched.