Outline of the Sixth Longitudinal Survey of Babies in 21st Century

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Japanese

(6) Children’s Ways to have Contact

About 70% of children answered “often” for “express children’s feelings in words”.

Children’s ways to “often” have contact with their parents with high proportion were: “express children’s feelings in words” (71.2%), “want to play together” (69.9%), “ask what children wonder why” (69.7%), “want to touch parents’ bodies” (69.3%), “tell parents the events of the day, etc.” (67.3%), accounting for about 70%.

Meanwhile, children who “request to hold or carry children on parent’s back” account for 37.8% and those who “ask for what friends or siblings have” 31.0% (Table 10).

Table 10 Children’s ways to have contact with their parents

(Unit: %)
  Total Often Sometimes Rarely Unknown
Tell parents the events of the day, etc.

100.0

67.3

28.9

2.7

1.2

Ask what children wonder why

100.0

69.7

26.9

2.5

0.9

Want to play together

100.0

69.9

27.6

1.5

1.0

Ask for what friends or siblings have

100.0

31.0

46.9

20.5

1.6

Express children’s feelings in words

100.0

71.2

25.9

1.9

1.0

Want to touch parents’ bodies

100.0

69.3

26.9

2.9

0.9

Request to hold or carry children on parent’s back

100.0

37.8

43.2

18.0

0.9

Note: The figures are based on the total number of responses in the 6th survey (total number of replies: 38,535).

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