Winsor, Helen Bruce
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Home Economics
Day care centers--Employees; Day care aides--Psychology
This study investigated the relationship between the attitudes of day care workers toward the occupation of day care worker and variables of age, education, college major, parental status, teaching experience, job title and participation in the Program to Train Day Care Workers, a project funded by Title XX. A Fishbein-type attitude scale was constructed by soliciting the beliefs and opinions of 52 people employed in the occupation of day care worker. The Day Care Workers Attitude Scale constructed from those beliefs was administered to 60 people employed in the occupation of day care worker. Data was analyzed from 43 correctly completed scales and demographic questionnaires. An analysis of variance was done to test correlations between attitude scores and the other variables. The null hypothesis was tested at the .05 level of significance for each variable. Results of the study suggested that differences in years of education, college major, teaching experience, job title and participation in the Program to Train Day Care Workers did not contribute to differences in attitude. The study did suggest that perhaps day care workers with three or more children and those parenting elementary school age children and adult age children have a more positive attitude toward the occupation of day care worker. Those workers between the ages of 31 and 62 were shown to have a significantly more positive attitude than those between the ages of 19 and 30. The results of this study have implications for those in charge of staffing day care centers, in that people 31 years of age and older, people with three or more children, and people with elementary school age and adult age children may have more positive attitudes toward the occupation of day care worker. Recommendations for further study were made.
Dickson, Constance, "Attitudes of day care workers" (1983). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1568.
vi, 38 pages
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