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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hensley, A. Dawn
URN etd-03122009-041329
Title The provision of staff development programs in Virginia adult day care centers
Degree Master of Science
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Travis, Shirley S. Committee Chair
McAuley, William J. Committee Member
Safewright, Marcia Committee Member
Keywords
  • Adult day care centers
Date of Defense 1994-11-15
Availability restricted
Abstract
This study examined a neglected area in long term care and adult day care research: staff development. The specific purposes of this study were to describe the provision of a comprehensive staff development program in adult day care centers in Virginia in order to (a) differentiate those centers providing only the minimum required inservice training from those centers providing more comprehensive staff development programs and (b) define what meaning is placed upon staff education programs by center administrators.

A mail survey design was used for this study. The questionnaire developed for the study has three sections: (a) center characteristics, (b) staff characteristics, and (c) the meaning of staff development. Quantitative analysis was conducted on the first two sections while qualitative analysis was used to examine the final section. A conceptual model for adult day care staff development programs was also developed for the study. The model was used to compare the staff development programs across adult day care centers in Virginia. The sample included all licensed adult day care center administrators in Virginia (n=43). The total response rate for this survey was 88%.

Results were discussed in terms of the provision of staff development programs, as well as the meaning that was placed on staff development by the responding center administrators. The results showed that much importance is placed upon staff development programs by the center administrators and they follow through with this by providing a well rounded staff development program for their staff.

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