ERIC Number: ED136939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Coordination of Preschool Socialization: Parent-Caregiver Relationships in Day Care Settings.
Powell, Douglas R.
This research describes the interpersonal relationship between parents and caregivers in group child care settings, identifies variables predictive of parent-caregiver communication, and examines the degree of congruence in the childrearing beliefs of parents and caregivers. A total of 212 parents and 89 caregivers in 12 day care centers were interviewed. Data analyses revealed that as the frequency of parent-caregiver communication increases, the content of communication increases in complexity and diversity, and attitudes toward discussing childrearing values and parent/family-related information become positive. Variables were identified which appear to have a significant influence on parent communication frequency and which are predictive of caregiver communication frequency. Day care centers with high parent-caregiver communication were found to be characterized by informal social networks among and between parents and caregivers. Both parent and caregiver samples showed considerable variability in childrearing preferences across situations, but intra-consistency when examining parallel childrearing situations differing in social context. Overall there was minimal consistency between parent and caregiver preferences, and the least consistency in situations involving a child's prosocial behavior. A negative relationship was found between parent-caregiver childrearing congruence and center communication frequency. Findings are discussed in relation to a child's construction of the social world and research issues. (Author/JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)