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Parental attitudes to early childhood care

Toussaint, D. (2017) Parental attitudes to early childhood care. In: Pratt, C., Garton, A.F., Tunmer, W.E. and Nesdale, A.R., (eds.) Research Issues in Child Development. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group, pp. 180-187.

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A great deal of research has been carried out on the possible effects of daycare. Such research has concentrated mainly on the child's social and intellectual development, and possible changes in the emotional bond between parent and child. Parental perceptions may also influence the effects of care in the same way that maternal attitudes toward employment have been shown to be important mediating variables on the effects of employment on parent-child interaction. V. H. Sibbison carried out a study in America to examine the relationship between maternal attitudes to child care; the usage of childcare services; and how variables such as socio-economic status, educational level and residency were related to such attitudes. The need for extra-familial care for children was overwhelmingly accepted, with all groups similar in the reasons given. The reason mentioned most often was the facilitation of maternal employment for financial reasons.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group
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