Mothers’ Satisfaction with Childcare Services

Keywords: motherhood, parental styles, childcare

Abstract

Choosing the right childcare service for one’s child to compensate for parents’ professional working time is a significantly important decision for a mother. The study aimed to analyze whether parental styles are predictors of satisfaction with childcare services among mothers. This link was tested on a sample that consisted of 200 adult women (Mage = 32.39 years; SDage = 4.47) who were mothers of children aged 18 to 36 months. The results indicated that accepting and autonomous parenting styles were related to higher satisfaction with childcare services. In contrast, excessively demanding, protective, and inconsistent parenting styles were related to lower satisfaction with childcare services. However, given the intercorrelations between parenting styles, we found that two of them sufficiently predicted satisfaction with childcare services: acceptance (positively) and overly protective style (negatively).

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Published
2021-09-13
How to Cite
Ruźniak-Lubocka, A., & Sawicki, A. (2021). Mothers’ Satisfaction with Childcare Services. Annals of Psychology, 24(1), 85-103. https://doi.org/10.18290/rpsych2115
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