ERIC Number: ED089868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec-1
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The Influence of Maternal Role Perception on Attitudes Toward and Utilization of Early Child Care Services.
Sibbison, Virginia Hayes
This study was designed to assess the impact of maternal role perception and expectations upon the use of early childhood care services. Additional information was sought about the effects of various demographic variables such as residence, use of child care services, marital status, family size, and levels of education, occupation and income on these attitudes. Data were gathered by means of questionnaires and interviews conducted in the homes of 559 mothers of young children. An in-depth analysis was conducted on a subsample of 132 mothers. The majority of mothers experssed feelings of concern for their own status when considering child care services. Their role perceptions and expectations tend to dictate that whenever possible the mother should be in the home caring for her own children. Relatively few referred either to their child's needs or to the pragmatic aspect of early child care. The results clearly indicate maternal role perception as a key variable in service usage and service acceptability. The study was part of the Pennsylvania Day Care Study Project. (Author/DP)
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Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Human Development.