ERIC Number: EJ782958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Determinants of Caregiver Behavior in Child Care Centers
de Schipper, Elles J.; Riksen-Walraven, J. Marianne; Geurts, Sabine A. E.
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v22 n3 p312-326 2007
In this study of the multiple determinants of professional caregiving, 237 caregivers (age range: 18-56 years) from 64 Dutch child care centers were extensively observed during their interactions with the children (0-4 years) in their usual care group. The choice of potential determinants of the caregiving quality was guided by Belsky's [Belsky, J. (1984). The determinants of parenting: A process model. "Child Development, 55", 83-96] model of the determinants of parenting. Consistent with Belsky's model, quality of caregiving was found to be multiply determined by characteristics of the caregiver, the children and the caregiving context. More specifically, lower-quality care was provided by younger caregivers, to younger children, and by caregivers reporting higher physical occupational workloads. The differences between the participating child care centers proved to explain more variance in the quality of professional caregiving than the differences between the individual caregivers.
Descriptors: Caregivers, Child Rearing, Child Care Centers, Child Care, Child Development, Foreign Countries, Observation, Interaction, Parenting Styles, Age Differences, Individual Characteristics, Work Environment, Context Effect
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands