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ERIC Number: ED546727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 97
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-9811-3
The Lived Experience of the Adult African American Female Who Has Lived in Multiple Foster Care Placements
Johnson, Avonda C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of the study was to examine and describe the lived experiences of the adult African American woman who had lived in multiple foster care placements. Eleven adult African American women ages 22-25 participated in semi-structured, face-to-face interviews to tell their stories and provide data of the memories of the experience. The several coding methods utilized generated eight emergent themes conceptualizing the phenomenon studied: (a) issues in care, (b) a challenging environment, (c) caregivers, (d) mental health concerns, (e) impact of spirituality, (f) effects on my character, (g) support and guidance, and (h) effects on emotions and feelings. Results suggested the presence of the lasting effects of the circumstances and people encountered early in life. Recommendations included access to counselors during the placements, earlier introduction of transitional programs for aging-out girls, and the introduction of sensitivity training for anyone involved in the lives of children living in out-of-home care as a means of reducing the impact of multiple foster care placements. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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