, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 45-58

Early childhood staff attitudes toward their parent clientele

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The attitudes of 236 early childhood staff toward the childrearing practices of their parent clientele were assessed. A 30-item questionnaire with three response formats was used. The data confirmed the hypothesis that there is a significant difference between staff ratings of good parenting practices and ratings of their own center parents' childrearing practices. However, staff members indicated that they thought their center parents were doing a better job at childrearing than most American parents today.

This research was supported by the Home Economics Research Institute, the Child Development Training Program, and the Child Development Department at Iowa State University. Portions of this article were presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Boston, 1980, and the Southwestern Society for Research in Human Development, Lawrence, Kansas, 1980. The statistical consultant for this study was Richard Warren. Appreciation is expressed to Kyle Carter, Robert Fuqua, and James Greenman for critical reading of the manuscript. Special thanks go to Willa Pettygrove for discussions and suggestions that have improved the design and interpretation of the study.