Percentage of children from birth to 5 years of age having positive interactions with their parents, by gender and location, 1998/1999 and 2004/2005

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, Cycles 3 (1998/99) and 6 (2004/05). -accessed July 26, 2017.

The majority of children (0-5) had positive interactions* with their parents.

That was the case for 94% of children (0-5) in 2004/2005, up from 91% in 1998/1999.

This was the case regardless of gender or whether the child lived in an urban or rural community.

*The National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) and Survey of Young Children (SYC) use a scale from 1 to 20 that measures positive parenting behaviours – such as praise, talking, playing and laughing together.