ERIC Number: EJ782959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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The Influence of Race/Ethnicity on Disadvantaged Mothers' Child Care Arrangements
Radey, Melissa; Brewster, Karin L.
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v22 n3 p379-393 2007
This study uses data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study [Reichman, N., Teitler, J., Garfinkel, I., & McLanahan, S. (2001). The fragile families and child wellbeing study: Sample and design. "Children and Youth Services Review, 23", 303-326] to describe primary child care arrangements of employed, predominantly low-income mothers of 1-year olds, and to quantify their child care calculus in the post-welfare reform era. The sorting of children across arrangement types differs by mother's race/ethnicity: Hispanic children are most likely to be cared for maternal kin, Black children in organized centers, and White children by their fathers. Multinomial regression reveals that the association between race/ethnicity and arrangement type is largely--but not entirely--accounted for by mothers' socioeconomic, household, job, and cultural characteristics; interaction tests show that the associations between arrangement type and both poverty status and marital status are contingent on race/ethnicity. These findings indicate that disadvantage does not translate into child care arrangements similarly across racial/ethnic groups and child care policy must take into account structural and cultural differences associated with parents' race/ethnicity.
Descriptors: African American Children, Ethnicity, Racial Differences, Marital Status, Poverty, Mothers, Child Welfare, Cultural Differences, Child Care, Welfare Services, African Americans, Employed Women, Low Income Groups, Hispanic Americans, Whites, Comparative Analysis, Socioeconomic Influences, Family Environment, Interaction, Correlation
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