Uncovering common stressful factors and coping strategies among childcare providers

Jennifer J. Baumgartner, Russell L. Carson, Loredana Apavaloaie, Costas Tsouloupas

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The purpose of this study was to identify the common stress factors among childcare providers and the coping strategies they use to relieve work stress feelings throughout the day. Qualitative data was gathered from a random sample of ten local childcare providers across different races, years of experience, and licensed childcare centers who participated in in-depth focus group interviews. The stressful work factors described by childcare providers included work conditions, work events, client factors and external factors. Childcare providers also describe several coping strategies such as walking, prayer and meditation or planning for stressful moments. Results from this study provide practical approaches for relieving work stress among childcare providers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-251
Number of pages13
JournalChild and Youth Care Forum
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Childcare provider work stress
  • Coping strategies
  • Focus group interviews


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