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Nurturing parenting capability: the early years
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    Gutman L, Brown JF, Akerman R
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    Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, Institute of Education, University of London
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    London, UK
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    Wider Benefits of Learning Research Reports
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    Literature review and secondary data analysis examining parenting from babyhood to early childhood. Considers evidence on the nature and determinants of good parenting. Uses ALSPAC data to establish factors predicting parental warmth and teaching behaviours when mothers interacted with their child aged one and again at five, and considers the implications for policy and practice.
This report examines parenting from babyhood to early childhood. We first consider what previous studies have revealed about the nature of good parenting and the determinants of parenting in the early years. Using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children we then set out to establish whether the individual characteristics of mothers and children, and factors such as mothers? social networks and marital relations, predict certain types of parenting behaviours. We do this by examining how 1,136 mothers interacted with their child when asked to share a picture book with them. This observation exercise, which measured parental warmth and teaching behaviours, took place when the child was aged one, then again at age five. Lastly, we address the implications of our findings for policy and practice.
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