Is quality more important if you’re quirky? A review of the literature on differential susceptibility to childcare environments
Davis, Elspeth, Eivers, Areana, & Thorpe, Karen (2012) Is quality more important if you’re quirky? A review of the literature on differential susceptibility to childcare environments. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(4), pp. 99-106.
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Evidence concerning the impact of child care on child development suggests that higher-quality environments, particularly those that are more responsive, predict more favourable social and behavioural outcomes. However, the extent of this effect is not as great as might be expected. Impacts on child outcomes are, at best, modest. One recent explanation emerging from a new theoretical perspective of development, differential susceptibility theory, is that a minority of children are more reactive to both positive and negative environments, while the majority are relatively unaffected. These 'quirky' children have temperamental traits that are more extreme, and are often described in research studies as having 'difficult temperaments'. This paper reviews the literature on such children and argues for the need for further research to identify components of childcare environments that optimise the potential of these more sensitive, quirky individuals.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||child development, childcare environments|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Educational Psychology (170103)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Please consult the authors|
|Deposited On:||18 Jun 2013 05:40|
|Last Modified:||20 Jun 2014 04:07|
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