The term ‘latchkey’ is used to describe unsupervised children who take care of themselves or spend the afterschool hours without adult supervision. The presence of non-parental adults, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives reduces the number of unsupervised children in rural areas. In urban areas the problem of latchkey children is more serious due to fewer adults or friends who could serve as caregivers to latchkey children. There is an increased need for parents to work long hours to maintain a reasonable lifestyle and to be able to provide for themselves. Employment tends to be the primary means of survival for most families; therefore it is seen as a priority for a parent or both parents to work. It was found that latchkey children are more at risk of experiencing the negative effects of being in self-care than supervised children.
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Prema S. Latch-Key Syndrome. Int. J. of Advances in Nur. Management. 2019; 7(3):279-280. doi: 10.5958/2454-2652.2019.00065.9