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NCJ Number: 148793 Find in a Library
Title: Teaching Your Child to Be Home Alone
Author(s): E A Grollman; G L Sweder
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 152
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Publication Number: ISBN 0-02-912751-3
Sale Source: Lexington Books
866 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book is intended to improve communication between parents and children who are left alone at home before and after school while their parents are at work.
Abstract: The material is designed to help children and parents move through a step-by-step growth process to greater independence and to help parents assess whether their children have the ability, knowledge, and emotional readiness to be left home alone. The first two chapters set out common concerns of parents and children raised by this type of situation. Subsequent chapters discuss how to prepare for the unexpected, i.e., a stranger calling or coming to the door, disturbing telephone calls, and misplaced keys; and what children should do before and after school in terms of transportation, walking around the neighborhood, leaving the house, and having friends over. Two additional chapters cover steps to take in minor and major emergencies and other alarming situations. The final chapter presents a "test" to evaluate the child's readiness to stay home alone.
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Crimes against children
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