Defense Date

12-16-2003

Graduation Date

2003

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MA

Department

Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Richard A. Colignon

Committee Member

Joseph D. Yenerall

Keywords

child care

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between child, respondent, parent/guardian, and household characteristics and the preferences of the availability of sick care, a small group size, a reasonable cost, and a caregiver who shares similar beliefs about raising children in the selection of nonparental arrangements. SPPS was used to obtain bi-variate analyses of the categorized independent variables and their relationship to each of the four dependent variables regarding parental preferences of nonparental arrangements. Those who have a lower level of education, a lower total household income, rent their home, and have received welfare benefits within the past three years are more likely to say that the availability of sick care and a reasonable cost are very important. On the other hand, those who have a higher level of education, a lower total household income, own their home and have not received welfare benefits in the past three years are more likely to say that a small group size is very important. The results suggest that factors associated with a sense of security in life appear to be related to parental preferences in the selection of nonparental arrangements.

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PDF

Language

English

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