A comparison of trained and untrained caregivers' behaviors with varied infant-adult ratios

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda McCall Hartman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Helen Canaday

Abstract: It was the purpose of this study to compare two trained and two untrained caregivers as they cared for groups of infants under 18 months. Each caregiver worked in a one adult to five infant ratio and a one adult to eight infant ratio. The trained and untrained caregivers were compared in six behavioral areas as reflected by the following goals: (1) facilitation of language, (2) positive social-emotional behaviors with infants, (3) adult negative social-emotional behaviors with infants, (4) providing caregiving functions such as feeding and diapering, (5) performing necessary housekeeping tasks, and (6) providing motoric and kinesthetic experiences for infants (Honig & Lally, 1973). The subjects were 16 infants under 18 months of age and their four caregivers. The study took place in two locations. Eight infants and their two caregivers were observed at Creative World, Inc., located in Wilmington, North Carolina. The comparison group of eight infants and their two caregivers were observed at The Infant Care Center in the Department of Child Development and Family Relations in the School of Home Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Language: English
Date: 1980
Infants $x Care
Child care workers

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