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Latchkey children -- Counseling of;


Children's care of themselves in the absence of adult supervision has existed since the industrial revolution and is an important part of current reality. To ensure that 1 keys to houses are not lost, many children, responsible for letting themselves into their homes after school, are required by their parents to wear keys on a chain around their necks. This explains where the term "latchkey" originated and why these kids are called this today. The latchkey problem is not new; it was a concern more than 80 years ago. Stroman and Duff (1982) reported that the theme of the 1943 American Association of School Administrators annual meeting expressed concern for the "doorkey" child. This problem resulted during the wartime years when many mothers worked in defense plants and fathers were absent in military service. As early as 1894, charities and day nurseries provided care for school-aged children (Seligson, Genser, Gannell, & Gray, 1983).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert T. Lembke


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