ERIC Number: ED097100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Substitute Child Care, Maternal Employment and the Quality of Mother-Child Interaction. Center for Human Services Development Report No. 23.
Harrell, Janet E.
This study investigates three hypotheses: (1) there is a positive relationship between maternal satisfaction with substitute child care and maternal work satisfaction; (2) there is no relationship between satisfaction with substitute child care and the quality of mother-child interaction; and (3) there is a positive relationship between maternal work satisfaction and the quality of mother-child interaction. The majority of data was obtained from 89 employed mothers from 190 intact families in rural and urban Pennsylvania. Each family either had children enrolled in day care centers or had their names on a day care waiting list. Three instruments (two scales and a questionnaire) were administered during structured interviews which measured maternal satisfaction with child care and employment as well as the quality of mother-child interaction. The theoretical constructs of role dominance and shifting role dominance were used to conceptulize the problem and to interpret the results which suggest that: (1) maternal satisfaction with substitute child care is not directly related to the quality of mother-child interaction; (2) maternal satisfaction with substitute child care is positively related to maternal work satisfaction; and (3) maternal work satisfaction is positively related to the quality of mother-child interaction. (Author/SDH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Coll. of Human Development.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania