Latchkey Kids: Definition, Effects & Statistics


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Latchkey as it refers to children is a term first used in the ________.

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1. According to the U.S. Census in 2011, over ________ million children were considered latchkey kids.

2. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about what percentage of children 4th grade and older go home to an empty house?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

One major development led to the necessity of some kids becoming latchkey kids, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the effects and statistics of this now-common childcare arrangement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Health effects common to latchkey kids
  • Percentage of kids who are latchkey kids
  • What latchkey means and what led to its development

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the main points in the related psychology lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the effects of being a latchkey kid
  • Information recall - remember what you learned about the current number of latchkey kids in the U.S.

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson titled Latchkey Kids: Definition, Effects & Statistics. The lesson addresses these objectives:

  • Identify what has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of latchkey kids
  • Know what percentage of 4th grade kids and older the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates to be home alone each day
  • Explain a possible negative effect on academics for latchkey kids
  • Recognize some possible positive interpersonal effects for latchkey kids