Lack of care harms kids

The Daily Telegraph (Australia) 19 Nov 06
STRESSED parents who work long hours are putting their children at increased risk of developing behavioural and mental problems later in life, a new report says. Young children below school age who do not receive enough relaxed contact with their mothers and fathers are the most vulnerable, say child development experts.The What About The Kids? report, to be presented at the Australian Council of Social Services congress this week, also reveals that levels of the stress hormone cortisol are higher in children who attend childcare centres where the staff-to-child ratio is lowest.,22049,20781423-5006007,00.html#