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ERIC Number: ED168698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
How Parents May Mediate the Effect of Day Care.
Steinberg, Laurence D.; Green, Cynthia
This paper investigates how parents are affected by various types of child care. Interviews were conducted with 109 mothers of children aged 2 to 3 1/2 years placed in one of three forms of substitute care arrangement (day care center, family day care and in-home care.) Most of the families were intact and middle class. The three groups of families did not differ in terms of socioeconomic status, family composition, parental or child age, reasons for day care, or maternal child-rearing values. The analysis of the interview responses revealed that parents are affected in different ways by the three care types. In general, utilizing center care appears to have the most positive effects on parents, using a babysitter in one's own home, the least. Mothers who use day care centers are most likely to report (as a result of the care experience): having become more knowledgeable as parents; feeling less harried; finding more enjoyment in parenting. They also tend to report more often that the parent-child relationship had improved. On the other hand, users of family day care are happier with the discipline their child receives and are more likely to feel that their child-rearing values are shared by the caretaker. Further study of the impact of day care arrangements on parents, and the consequent impact on the development of the child, is suggested. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, California, March 15-18, 1979)