Parental Characteristics Associated With Childcare Use During the First 4 Years of Life: Results From a Representative Cohort of Quebec Families

Parental Characteristics Associated With Childcare Use During the First 4 Years of Life: Results From a Representative Cohort of Quebec Families

Parental Characteristics Associated With Childcare Use During the First 4 Years of Life: Results From a Representative Cohort of Quebec Families

Parental Characteristics Associated With Childcare Use During the First 4 Years of Life: Results From a Representative Cohort of Quebec Familiess

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«[T]his study will compare the use of formal and informal childcare versus parental care on key psycho-socioeconomic family characteristics in a large representative sample of Québec families.» (p. 77)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«The study sample was based on 1,504 participants with complete information on childcare and psycho-socioeconomic characteristics.» (p. 77) It was part of th Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development.

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

Instruments :
Questionnaire

3. Résumé


«Using a representative sample of Québec families, we found that children were not equally likely to participate in childcare, with lower rates of participation among the most disadvantaged children, especially those of mothers who were unemployed during pregnancy and those of mothers with lower levels of education. Importantly, families with a sufficient income were not less likely to use childcare than those with a sufficient income once other factors were taken into account. Other demographic characteristics (i.e., large number of siblings and younger maternal age at initiation of childbearing) were also related to lesser utilization of formal and informal childcare arrangements. […] [Also] [f]ormal (but not informal) childcare was less frequent among children of mothers with high levels of overprotection and providing lower levels of stimulation at home.» (p. 78-79)