This dissertation study draws from attachment theory and the risk and resilience model to conceptualize the potential benefits of stable, quality child care for children exposed to IPV. It also utilizes the social ecological framework and social cognitive theories of help-seeking to conceptualize the potential barriers and facilitators for survivor mothers as they make decisions about child care arrangements and child care subsidies. Methodologically, the study will employ a mixed methods approach. Quantitative analyses will use two waves of panel data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) to examine survivors’ child care arrangements and stability and the moderating effects of child care on children’s internalizing and externalizing behaviors and mothers’ employment outcomes. In addition, in-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews will be conducted with a sample of survivor mothers of young children (n=20) and key informants (n=10) to understand survivor mothers’ experiences and decisions associated with child care arrangements and child care subsidy use and how recent CCDF policy changes have influenced their needs and experiences with child care and child are subsidies.
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects