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Culture of Caregiving in a Faith-Based Orphanage in Northeastern China

Neimetz, M. Catherine (2007) Culture of Caregiving in a Faith-Based Orphanage in Northeastern China. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This project is a single case study of a private orphanage in Northeastern China. Three questions guided the investigation at the orphanage: 1) What do providers believe is their role in meeting the children's social-emotional needs? 2) How do providers' routines support children's social-emotional development? and 3) How do providers integrate their faith in caring for the children? Observations of and conversations with the orphanage director, co-director, and two direct-care providers were analyzed along the following four categories: Parenting Style, Dependency Paradigms, Daily Routines, and Spiritual Attributions. Data was hand-coded and analyzed for relevant themes within the four categories. Results support previous research suggesting Chinese parenting is best described as a blend of authoritarian and authoritative styles. Results also indicate that adult providers' intentional identification with traditional family roles (father, mother, aunt) provide the intimate environment that fosters children's social-emotional development. Additionally, a blending of both institutional and family care frameworks were evident in the daily routines of providers. Spiritual Attributions of God as a Source of Meaning and God as My Helper were significant contributions to the emotional support of providers and provided the vehicle for passing on spiritual beliefs to children.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Neimetz, M. Catherinemcn1@pitt.eduMCN1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairShivers, Evaeshivers@pitt.eduESHIVERS
Committee MemberJohnson, Carljohnson@pitt.eduJOHNSON
Committee MemberGroark, Christinagroark@pitt.eduGROARK
Committee MemberBurke, Jessica Griffinjgburke@pitt.eduJGBURKE
Date: 27 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 27 March 2007
Approval Date: 27 June 2007
Submission Date: 20 April 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child development; Chinese caregiving; institutional care; qualitative methods
Other ID:, etd-04202007-124819
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:39
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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