The Experience Of Fostreing Neglected Children:
Keywords:foster parent, retention, neglect
AbstractThe current study investigated the experience of foster parents who were caring for children who had experienced neglect and examined the impact of that experience on foster parent retention. Foster parents completed questionnaires designed to investigate role satisfaction and description of their fostering experience. Nearly three quarters of the foster parents in the sample were currently caring for children who had experienced neglect. Foster parents of both neglected and abused children reported high levels of difficulty managing child behavior in their home. In comparison to foster parents of nonneglected children, foster parents of neglected children rated their behavior as significantly more difficult. They also reported that, compared to foster parents of nonneglected children, this difficult behavior had more impact on their consideration to withdraw from fostering. Despite facing challenges when fostering a neglected child, however, these foster parents did not report a lower level of satisfaction in their fostering role.The findings are discussed in relation to their implications regarding policy, training, treatment, and future research.
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Nash, J. W., Leschied, A., Rodger, S. ., & Cummings, A. . (2009). The Experience Of Fostreing Neglected Children:. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 22, 185–197. Retrieved from http://acycpjournal.pitt.edu/ojs/jcycw/article/view/436
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