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Business & Economics


Andrew Economopoulos

Committee Member

Andrew Economopoulos

Committee Member

Carol Cirka

Committee Member

April Kontostathis

Department Chair

Jennifer VanGilder

Project Description

This study investigates how maternal and paternal employment status and educational attainment, coupled with parental time and educational inputs such as toys, books, etc. devoted to children, have impacted young children's cognitive development in the U.S. Cognitive development comprises the intellectual and conscious thinking growth that begins in infancy. It involves problem solving, reasoning and memory aptitudes and is tested for throughout each year of childhood in various ways. The impact of the use of external childcare in lieu of parental time on development is also evaluated. This paper will outline reviewed literature, a theoretical model, data discussion, model construction and verification, results, and conclusive findings of the research.