ERIC Number: ED415951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Individual and Contextual Predictors of Children's Behavior in Daycare during Caregiver Turnover Episodes.
Shpancer, Noam; Wachs, Theodore D.
This study examined the effects of caregiver stability on children's behavior in day care centers during a period of caregiver turnover. A total of 25 children, ages 2-5 years, in 7 day care centers who encountered caregiver turnover participated in the study. Baseline and turnover observations were conducted and scored, and correlated with demographic and family variables. Results showed no main effects of the turnover event on children's behavior. However, the findings suggested that temperamentally persistent, less emotional children, who spent more time in care, who had sensitive, responsive, and nonrestrictive caregivers, and who came from less disorganized home environments with more highly educated parents showed better adaptation and functioning during caregiver turnover in day care than their peers. The results also suggested that girls adapted more easily than boys. The findings underscore the link between home and day care contexts and how the characteristics of the home ecology bear on children's adaptation to day care. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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