Cathy Schoen, Karen Davis, Kathryn Taaffe Young,
The Commonwealth Fund Survey of Parents with Young Children, Kathryn Taaffe Young, Karen Davis, and Cathy Schoen, The Commonwealth Fund, August 1996
The Commonwealth Fund Survey of Parents with Young Children brings into sharp relief the pressures and concerns that parents face today in guiding their children through the critical first three years of life.
The recently released survey of more than 2,000 mothers and fathers with children under the age of three finds that parents, hard-pressed for time and money, are struggling to find the best way to help their children grow and thrive. Parents are eager for guidance, and look to physicians for expert information. Doctors, however, are missing opportunities to encourage healthy practices, detect and treat maternal depression, and provide information and services to help parents navigate the stages of development in early childhood.
Results show that we have a health care system out of tune with the needs of today's parents--short hospital stays, little follow-up home care, and a hit-or-miss approach in providing developmental guidance to parents as part of well-baby care.
Parents also report that government programs are providing a vital helping hand. Yet an alarming percentage of low and moderate income families are still facing difficulties in meeting the basic needs of their children for such items as diapers and food. Much more could be done to support families in fulfilling their most important responsibility of helping their children become healthy and productive adults. Most fundamentally, we as Americans must come to view all children as our children--deserving and needing our support.
Parents Report on Rearing Infants and Toddlers