Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 55–71 | Cite as

Caregivers' perceptions of the relationship between the family day care business and their own families

  • Virginia K. Molgaard


The present study, which uses survey data from 185 family day care providers, suggests that providers perceived stress and frustration in their family members related to the family day care business. In turn, the attitudes and cooperation of family members were related to the provider's satisfaction with the business and enjoyment of the work itself. Using a family systems framework, issues related to the day care business included the family's use of time, energy, and space. While the majority of providers reported satisfaction with the business and with the work itself, about a fourth of the sample expressed lower levels of satisfaction. This less satisfied group perceived more family stress related to the FDC business, was less likely to receive help from the family, and was more likely to consider giving up providing family day care.


Family Member Care Provider Social Psychology Survey Data Family System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia K. Molgaard
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  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityAmes

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