As Psychology by Claire Meldrum

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Evaluation: ■ Lengthy training that requires commitment. g. Sarafino 1990) that training leads to improved hardiness scores, feeling less stressed and reduced blood pressure. ● Use of social support: social support refers to the perceived comfort, caring, esteem or help a person receives from other people or groups (Wallston et al. 1983). g. LaRocco et al. g. by helping them appraise stressful situations more optimistically because they can expect help. g. by enhancing their self-esteem. Evaluation: social support usually reduces stress and benefits health.

G. the ability to reason, use language and solve problems). Nursery schools and day nurseries ● Kagan et al. (1980) compared 33 children who were full-time attenders at a well-run nursery school with a comparison group of children who were cared for at home by their mothers. ■ No consistent differences were found between the two groups. ■ Kagan et al. concluded that this form of day care had no detrimental effects on the children’s cognitive development. ● Andersson (1992) conducted a longitudinal study of over 100 Swedish children from a variety of home backgrounds.

Evaluation of evidence from studies of institutionalisation Some children dropped out of the study before the end. Therefore, the final sample of 42, from whose behaviour conclusions were drawn, might have been biased. ■ Within both the adopted and the ‘restored’ groups of children there were individual differences. For example, some adoptive families were not particularly good and some ‘restored’ families were better than others. ■ 31 Check yourself Deprivation and privation 1 Define deprivation.

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