Asthma in the child care center
Campbell, Christine Marie
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The purpose of this study was to explore variables that influence child care providers’ factual and self-reported asthma knowledge and providers’ efficacy in caring for children with asthma. Participants included 138 child care providers who attended two of the 2003 Early Childhood Institutes in Georgia. The majority of participants were female, and 56% indicated their highest education level was high school/GED. Data were collected using the Asthma Knowledge and Training Needs of Child Care Providers Survey (Bales, Coleman, & Wallinga, 2003). The analysis consisted of a series of one-way analyses of variance (ANOVAs) and one regression. ANOVAs revealed that factual asthma knowledge significantly differed by written asthma guidelines, self-reported asthma knowledge significantly differed by size of work community, and asthma training and experience, and efficacy significantly differed by level of education. Self-reported asthma knowledge was a significant predictor of child care provider efficacy.