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ERIC Number: EJ844147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Maternal Characteristics and Child Problem Behaviors: A Comparison of Foster and Biological Mothers
Lucey, Rose; Fox, Robert A.; Byrnes, Judith B.
Journal of Family Social Work, v10 n4 p23-42 2006
The purpose of this exploratory study was to compare the parenting behavior, stress and support of foster mothers and biological mothers of young children. A sample of 60 mothers of young children (30 foster mothers, 30 biological mothers) completed measures of parenting behavior, parenting stress, child problem behaviors, and perceived social support. Findings indicated that biological mothers were single and younger than foster mothers. In addition, biological mothers utilized more verbal and corporal discipline than foster mothers, experienced greater parental distress and received less social support for their parenting. Implications of these findings are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory; Parenting Stress Index