A family ecological analysis of child care use in Hong Kong

Vicky C W TAM*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examines the views on and use of day care for young children among white-collar working women from a family ecological perspective. Discrepancies between perceived ideal and actual choice of child care were observed. Care provided by family kin was an ideal used with reservation, the employment of foreign domestic helpers was a reluctant choice, while the use of formal care was largely unexplored. The findings of this study demonstrate how individual families’ child-rearing goals are supported and constrained by contextual factors within the ecology. Implications for policies on child care in Hong Kong are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-192
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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