Child-care utilization studies are often used to estimate the need for future child-care. The author stresses the limitations of the use of past patterns to judge future needs. Specifically the article focuses on the reliability and validity of measures of usage and satisfaction with various child-care modes, errors in study design, lack of conceptual clarity, and problems of the correlation of child-care modes and other variables.
"Child-Care Usage Patterns as Estimates of Child-Care Need,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 8
, Article 15.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol8/iss3/15