ERIC Number: ED154286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Parental Reflections on the Child Care Decision Making Process.
Suelze, Marijean; And Others
This paper examines the factors which have contributed to the need for an expansion of extra-familial child care arrangements, and reports the findings of an exploratory study which investigated the decision-making process whereby parents opted for supplementary care for their children. Group interviews were conducted with parents whose children were enrolled in nursery schools, family day care homes, day care centers operated by voluntary associations, day care centers operated by the local community, and residential centers run by the state. Precipitating conditions prior to considering child care outside the home are presented first in terms of: educational and labor force participation, changes in marital status, and the psychological and emotional well-being of the parents. The decision-making process is discussed in terms of: the initial decision to have children cared for outside the home, the roles of both parents in making the decision (in the case of married couples), who parents consult in making their decision, and the subsequent selection of a placement among a variety of options. Also explored are parents' initial feelings about having their children cared for outside the home and the feedback received from others regarding their decision. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (72nd, Chicago, Illinois, September 5-9, 1977)