Children in Self-Care Arrangements.

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      The article investigates the impact on children left at home alone in the U.S. According to U.S. Bureau of the Census (1987) approximately three million children between five and thirteen years of age are home regularly without direct adult supervision (latchkey children) while their parents work. It has become an issue of great concern and often requires counselors in schools to provide direct services to these parents and their children. The article provides details on the impact on children and refers to various studies on the topic. One of the problems that have hampered research is defining the phenomenon of children in self-care arrangements. With a variety of variables to consider, self-care arrangements are usually not the same. Each is unique to the individuals involved in the situation. With increased definition, research should become more focused and ask refined questions that will enable counselors to give reliable information to parents. There exists strong public support for schools to provide before- and after-school care for latchkey children. Counselors can play an important role in directly assisting self-care children and their families.