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ERIC Number: ED119861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 17
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Family Day Care Interaction: Caregiver's Own and Day Care Children.
Wandersman, Lois Pall
This paper describes an ecological observational study of social interaction and cognitive socialization in family day care. The study employs a reciprocal model which analyzes effects of the caregiver on the child and of the child on the caregiver by comparing the interaction of the same caregiver with "own" and "other" children. Similarly, interaction of "own" and "other" children with the peer group in family day care is compared. Interaction in 19 family day care homes was observed. In each home, direct observations were made of two focal children: the caregiver.s own child and the day care child closest in age and of the same sex. Six 10-minute observational segments were collected for each focal child over two half days. Comparison of caregiver's "own" and matched "day care" children indicated that: (1) "own" children engaged in more negative social-emotional behaviors and received more discouragement from others; (2) "day care" children played more with peers and alone; and (3) caregivers interacted more with "own" children, watching them more and giving them more affection, while peers participated more with "day care" children. (Author/ED)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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