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Elevated cortisol levels in Norwegian toddlers in childcare

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Drugli, May Britt; Solheim, Elisabet; Lydersen, Stian; Moe, Vibeke; Smith, Lars; Berg-Nielsen, Turid Suzanne;
Date Issued: 2017
Description: Meta-analytic evidence suggests that children have higher cortisol levels in childcare than at home. In the present study change of morning to mid-afternoon levels of cortisol was explored at home and in childcare in a Norwegian sample of toddlers. Further, analyses of associations between change of cortisol levels in childcare and child-, family-, and childcare factors were conducted. One hundred and twelve children attending 85 childcare centres were included in the present study. Saliva samples and observations in childcare were conducted 5-6 months after the children entered childcare. Linear mixed-model analyses revealed a statistical significant difference in change of cortisol levels during the day in childcare as compared at home. An increase in cortisol levels during the day was found among Norwegian toddlers in childcare, in particular for children with long hours in childcare, but not at home. Implications for practice are discussed. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): Liaison Committee between the Central Norway Regional Health Authorities and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology ; Norges forskningsrad (Norwegian Research Council)
Journal Title: Early Child Development and Care
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Page Range: 1-12
Note: This resource is an online preprint (e-print) of a forthcoming article.
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Physical Development & Growth

International Child Care & Early Education > Single-Country Studies
Country: Norway
ISSN: 1476-8275 Online
0300-4430 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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