ERIC Number: ED254299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Discipline Techniques of Daycare and Nondaycare Parents.
Golub, Judith S.; And Others
This study describes discipline practices, attitudes, beliefs, and other characteristics that may differentiate parents of children in day care from those parents who care for their children at home. Adult-child ratio, staff continuity, and staff training were used as quality-of-care indices. A total of 89 families with target children between 18 to 36 months were sampled. It was found that 32 families used day care centers identified as high quality, 25 families used day care centers identified as low quality, and 32 families did not use day care services. In the course of being interviewed, parents provided information concerning the discipline techniques they used and their attitudes and beliefs about discipline. Findings indicated that the relationship between day care attendance and later outcomes may be more complex than originally felt. Parents' behavior at home differed according to whether or not their child attended day care. Since techniques appeared to differ by age of the child and parents responded most punitively to the behavior of 30-month-old boys, the age of the child's entry into day care and the sex of the child were assumed to be important factors. Finally, parents' knowledge of and experience with children were found to be related to their behavioral and emotional responses to their children's behavior. References, tables and figures are appended. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).