ERIC Number: EJ938351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
Child Care and Mothers' Mental Health: Is High-Quality Care Associated with Fewer Depressive Symptoms?
Gordon, Rachel A.; Usdansky, Margaret L.; Wang, Xue; Gluzman, Anna
Family Relations, v60 n4 p446-460 Oct 2011
Finding high-quality child care may pose financial and logistical challenges and create ongoing emotional strains for some mothers. We use the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development to ask (a) are child-care settings that mothers select on the basis of their own perceptions of quality rated more highly by independent observers (and more often recommended by mothers to friends) than settings that mothers selected for other reasons? (b) Do mothers report fewer depressive symptoms when they use high-quality care, as they perceive it, as assessed by independent observers and as indicated by their likelihood of recommending it? We find that mothers' reports coincide with independent observers' ratings in some respects but diverge in others, and only mothers' reports significantly relate to fewer average depressive symptoms after adjusting for confounds. Future research and policy should consider how mothers evaluate care quality and how these evaluations affect their mental health.
Descriptors: Mothers, Mental Health, Depression (Psychology), Child Care, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Stress Variables, Young Children, Educational Quality, Parent Attitudes, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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