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Unsupervised Children Prone to Delinquency

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PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov 03, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A new study indicates children ages 10 to 14 who are supervised after school are less likely to engage in anti-social behavior than those who are home alone.

The Brown University study found supervised children were less likely to engage in risky or anti-social behaviors, such as skipping school, using alcohol or other drugs, stealing or hurting other people.

Lead researcher Anna Aizer said the findings suggest preschool-age childcare programs should be expanded to include older children who might benefit considerably from greater adult supervision between the end of the school day and a parent's return from work.

The study will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Public Economics.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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