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Foster Caregiver Risk and Protective Factors, Satisfaction, and Intent to Continue Fostering

Title: Foster Caregiver Risk and Protective Factors, Satisfaction, and Intent to Continue Fostering.
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Name(s): Cooley, Morgan E., author
Mullis, Ann K., professor directing dissertation
Randolph, Karen, university representative
McWey, Lenore, committee member
Cui, Ming, committee member
Department of Family and Child Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this study was to explore multiple research questions related to foster caregiver protective factors, satisfaction with fostering, and intent to continue fostering. First, the researcher identified what protective factors (i.e., parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports, and nurturing and attachment) foster caregivers report and to what degree. Second, the researcher determined whether there was a significant relationship between the independent variables (protective factors) and the dependent variables (satisfaction with fostering and intent to continue fostering). Next, the researcher examined whether child disruptive behaviors moderated or influenced the nature or strength of the relationship between protective factors and satisfaction as a caregiver. Third, the researcher examined a second model of whether child behaviors moderated or influenced the nature or strength of the relationship between protective factors and intent to continue fostering. The sample consisted of 155 licensed foster caregivers from across the United States. Descriptive statistics (i.e., means, standard deviations, range, internal consistency, skewness, kurtosis, and bivariate correlations), multiple regression, and interaction effects in multiple regression were used to test the various relationships proposed in this model. First, it was found that foster caregivers generally report a high degree of each protective factor. Second, there was a significant relationship between protective factors and two domains of satisfaction (challenging aspects of fostering and confidence and satisfaction). Third, child behaviors served as a significant moderator between some of the protective factors and two domains of satisfaction (challenging aspects of fostering and confidence and satisfaction). Implications for future research, practice, and policy were discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8963 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: May 13, 2014.
Keywords: Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Parents, Protective Factors, Satisfaction
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Ann K. Mullis, Professor Directing Dissertation; Karen Randolph, University Representative; Lenore McWey, Committee Member; Ming Cui, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Families
Children
Life cycle, Human
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-8963
Host Institution: FSU

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Cooley, M. E. (2014). Foster Caregiver Risk and Protective Factors, Satisfaction, and Intent to Continue Fostering. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-8963