Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 35, Issue 5–6, pp 411–426 | Cite as

Caregiving Strategies for Reducing Aggression and Violence in At-risk Mothers and their Babies

  • Diana Nicholson
  • Sibylle Artz
Original Paper


This paper describes a qualitative study of a successful, integrated childcare program for infants and toddlers of young mothers, its support of young at-risk mothers’ effective parenting, and its promotion of the ability in young children to self-regulate aggressive behavior. This program shows how caregiving practice can contribute to the modeling of positive social interactions that foster young children’s ability to self-regulate their use of aggression towards others.


Self-regulated behavior Violence prevention Primary caregiving Early childhood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Victoria VictoriaCanada

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