Jay Belsky of Pennsylvania University has discovered some alarming trends in our society relating to day care centers.

Belsky cites such studies as a 1982 one in which preschool personnel observed that children who had been in group day care since infancy seemed more anxious, aggressive and hyperactive. Another study was conducted in 1984. It looked at a group of 107 toddlers, some of whom had been in day care more than 20 hours per week and some who had not. Researchers found that 62 percent of the former group appeared to be insecure as compared to 31 percent of the latter. Jay Blesky believes that children who began day care before eighteen months of age present their parents with more behavioral problems when they reach the ages of nine or ten.


Time June 22, 1987