ERIC Number: ED401997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Group-Level versus Dyadic-Level Measurement of Caregiver Sensitivity in Child Care.
Smith, Ellen W.; Droege, Kristin L.
Adult sensitivity toward young children has long been considered an important component of quality caregiving. Because most studies of child caregiver sensitivity have measured behavior toward a group of children, knowledge of important differences in behavior toward individual children, as well as a way to compare mother and "other" care, are lacking. This study investigated the relation between observational items developed to assess mother care and measures traditionally used to assess child care providers, specifically the group-level Arnett Scale of Caregiver Sensitivity. Subjects were 23 licensed family child care providers. They were observed on a typical day care morning using the Arnett scale and the Family Day Care Rating Scale; to assess the sensitivity of a caregiver to an individual target child, an observational tool developed as part of the Child Outcome Study (COS) of the National JOBS (Job Opportunities and Basic Skills program Evaluation was used. Results showed a significant correlation between the Arnett subscales and the COS sensitivity factor. This outcome, considered along with Oldham's (1995) work, supports the importance of examining dyad-level caregiver behavior as well as group-level behavior. (EV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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