Sustaining Family Child Care Providers' Psychosocial Wellness
Swartz, Rebecca Anne;
Wiley, Angela R. (Angela Renee);
||The purpose of this study is to contribute to the understanding of the training and support needs of Family Child Care Providers (FCCPs). Though past research indicates that work-family balance issues create unique challenges to FCCPs psychosocial wellness and that they may benefit from professional and social support, to date no studies have linked these factors using a theoretically driven framework. Our mixed-methods study will contribute to the literature on psychosocial wellness of FCCPs by investigating an integrated theoretical framework that describes the impact of work-family balance challenges upon FCCPs' psychosocial wellness, and accounts for the role of professional and social support in sustaining these individuals in their work and family roles. Research questions include: (1) Are higher levels of perceived stress among FCCPs associated with higher levels of provider consideration of exiting the FCC profession and less engagement in professional development?; (2) How do the routines in family child care (FCC) homes reflect the challenges FCCPs face in managing the overlaps of personal family life and the child care business? Specifically, what do FCCPs perceive the advantages and challenges of providing FCC to be? How do the rhythms of child care and family life facilitate or interfere with FCCPs accomplishing their professional development plans?; and (3) How do the personal and professional networks of FCCPs support their child care work and psychosocial wellness? Specifically, how do FCCPs view the role of other FCCPs and child care support personnel, what have their experiences been like when interacting with child care support personnel, and which support services have been most helpful?
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