Child care quarterly

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 45–58

Early childhood staff attitudes toward their parent clientele


  • Susan Kontos
    • Iowa State University
  • Helen Raikes
    • Iowa State University
  • Alice Woods
    • Iowa State University

DOI: 10.1007/BF01258079

Cite this article as:
Kontos, S., Raikes, H. & Woods, A. Child Youth Care Forum (1983) 12: 45. doi:10.1007/BF01258079


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.

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