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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Marge Hegge


Using the grounded theory approach, nine family daycare givers were theoretically sampled to explore their perceptions of providing care to children, infant through school age, in relationship to emotional and physical health. Data produced from the interviews exceeded 250 data bits. Analysis of interviews and field notes suggest that the bulk of what family daycare givers described was captured in five major themes: snowballing, delighting, guarding, limit setting, and shared parenting. Definitions for the themes emerging from the data and an example of each follows: Snowballing: The process of acquiring children into care by word of mouth recommendation. Delighting: A high degree of satisfaction and gratification with the experience of interaction with children. Guarding: The process of protecting from physical, emotional and social harm. Limit Setting: The process of providing rules and guidelines related to social behavior. Shared Parenting: Negotiating arrangements related to the responsibilities of caregiving.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Family day care
Family day care -- South Dakota
Family day care -- Health aspects -- South Dakota




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