NotesFAQContact Us
Collection
Advanced
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED016104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jun
Pages: 241
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
SUCCESSFUL FOSTER HOMES, AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THEIR CHARACTERISTICS.
CAUTLEY, PATRICIA W.; AND OTHERS
THE GOALS OF THE STUDY WERE TO IDENTIFY SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS WHICH DIFFERENTIATE FOSTER FAMILIES WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL IN CARING FOR DISTURBED CHILDREN FROM THOSE WHO ARE UNSUCCESSFUL AND TO DEVELOP PROCEDURES FOR USING THESE CHARACTERISTICS AS A PART OF THE INTAKE STUDY OF FOSTER PARENT APPLICANTS. CASEWORKERS SUPERVISING THE PLACEMENT OF 127 CHILDREN RATED THE FOSTER FAMILY SUCCESS ON THE BASIS OF HOW WELL THE PARENTS WERE MEETING THE GOALS OF THE PLACEMENTS. APPLICATION OF THE MULTIPLE CORRELATION AND MULTIPLE REGRESSION TECHNIQUE TO ITEMS AND FACTORS IDENTIFIED FROM ANALYSIS OF INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM FOSTER PARENTS SHOWED THAT EIGHT VARIABLES HAD STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT CORRELATIONS WITH FAMILY SUCCESS--AN AVERAGE INCOME LEVEL, COOPERATIVE DECISION MAKING BY THE FOSTER PARENTS, THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN THE FAMILY HAS HAD, (THE MORE CHILDREN, THE MORE SUCCESSFUL), RECIPROCAL ENCOURAGEMENT BETWEEN THE PARENTS IN REGARD TO THE FOSTER PARENT ROLE, THE FOSTER FATHER'S OCCUPATIONAL LEVEL, (THE HIGHER THE LEVEL, THE MORE SUCCESSFUL), THE FOSTER MOTHER'S RATING AS A "GOOD RISK" IN HANDLING A HYPOTHETICAL "DEFIANT" CHILD, INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE FOSTER FATHER THAT HIS PARENTS WERE AFFECTIONATE, AND INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE FOSTER MOTHER THAT HER PARENTS WERE RELIGIOUS, WHICH CORRELATED NEGATIVELY WITH THE SUCCESS RATING. THE FURTHER STUDY AND REFINEMENT OF SOME OF THESE ITEMS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNIQUES TO IDENTIFY PARENT SUCCESS THROUGH RELIABLE EVIDENCE OF CHILD IMPROVEMENT WERE RECOMMENDED. THE APPENDIXES INCLUDE A DESCRIPTION OF CHILD SELECTION PROCEDURES, DATA GATHERING INSTRUMENTS, AND FINDINGS. (JK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Welfare, Madison.
Identifiers: N/A