The influence of parents, parenting and public policy on childhood cognition

From experience to meaning...

The first part of this interesting new study by researchers from North Carolina State University and California State University, Northridge is not to surprising: they find that the role of parents is more important than far-reaching public policies. Really? Who would have thought. But still: public policies do can make a difference. The study in highlights:

  • Does investment in child cognition vary between the United State and Great Britain?
  • Maternal cognition and children’ home environments are important in both societies.
  • The British welfare state may be important when parental resources are absent or stretched thin.

From the press release (bold by me):

“We looked at the effects of parental characteristics on the cognition of children in the U.S. and Great Britain,” says Toby Parcel, a professor of sociology at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the study. “Basically, we wanted to see whether the welfare state in Great Britain…

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