ERIC Number: ED360057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Continuity between Parents and Family Child Care Providers: Does It Matter?
Ispa, Jean M.; Thornburg, Kathy R.
This study investigated associations between young children's behavior and the continuity of parent and provider behavior and attitudes. Subjects were 3- and 4-year-old children, their parents, and their family child care providers. A total of 29 children were observed in their homes with their parents and in the family child care homes with their providers. Observations of parents and providers focused on their active engagement with the children, warmth or approval, and disciplinary styles. Parents' and providers' child-rearing attitudes were measured using Strom's Parent as a Teacher Inventory. Hierarchical regressions were used to determine whether parent and provider differences remained significant predictors of child behavior after controlling for the quality of care. Results indicated that most of the child behaviors could not be predicted from parent and provider continuity. While parent and provider continuity significantly contributed to the prediction of some child behaviors, even in these cases it accounted for only a small percentage of the explained variance. Continuity of adult approval seemed to be more important than continuity in active engagement or continuity in the use of positive discipline techniques. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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