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ERIC Number: ED403063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Special Needs Children: Sick Children--A Challenge for Child Care.
Kerr, Kaye
Because in the normal course of events most children become briefly ill, families are forced to deal with problems of arranging alternative child care. This article develops a model of the factors influencing family day care workers' acceptance of acutely ill children into care. The article begins with a summary of the research on which the model is based, which found that: (1) the overall training of care providers impacts their level of concern for dealing with sick children; (2) those providers who are very concerned about dealing with sick children have problems with difficult children in general, and with planning and curriculum; and (3) the stress level of very concerned providers is related to their perception of the complexities of caring for well and sick children at the same time. The article then describes the model's six components. They are the provider's: (1) education and training, with more education leading to more competence; (2) recognition of illness, which is enhanced through experience and education; (3) susceptibility to pressure, based on a complex mix of personal, interpersonal, and economic factors; (4) home and family, with the caregiver's physical circumstances influencing the ability to accommodate an ill child; (5) professional responsibility, with professional associations enhancing caregivers' decision-making ability; and (6) societal and cultural context, which influences procedures and accommodations made for the care of sick children. Contains 14 references. (EV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada