ERIC Number: ED096002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Is Part-Time Child Care Surrogate Parenting? Parents' Perceptions.
The purpose of this survey and report is to gain information about parental planning for child-rearing when the mother is employed. This study is intended to explore mothers' perceptions of possible delegation of some basic child-rearing functions during the mothers' absence for employment. Comparison of the child care arrangements which the mothers saw as best able to carry each function, with the actual child care plans in use, and with other criteria such as parental convenience provide clues to dilemmas in child-rearing when the mother is employed. Structured interviews were held with 118 mothers whose children were involved in a "supportive child care project" or a "by-home project." The supportive child care services provided emergency day care for children and parental consultations. In the by-home project, care and transportation of children from infancy through age 14 were handled by a small group center near their home. Eight child-rearing functions were identified: (1) physical nourishment; (2) cleanliness; (3) safety from danger; (4) medical appointments; (5) preparation for the future; (6) provision of affection and love; (7) maintaining social contact between the children and their friends; and (8) providing good behavior examples. Results are reported in terms of parental choices for performance of the particular function. Choices included care in the home by relatives, non-relatives or self, out-of-home care by relatives or non-relatives, and group care by home or other facilities. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
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