Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring foster parent and child attachment with an emphasis on mental health
by Santana, Evelyn, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 71; 1499210
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative study of 31 foster parents was to explore the relationship between attachment and psychosocial behaviors. To further understand the dynamics between foster parents and children, the study investigated the current level of perceived attachment and desire to increase attachment. Based on the foster parents' perceptions, the study also explored whether the foster child required clinical interventions.

The study found that the foster parents felt they were highly attached with their foster children and also demonstrated the ability to adapt to situations. Furthermore, they believed that half of the foster children affiliated with this study required intensive clinical intervention.

Recommendations for social work practice include the need for mental health professionals to work with foster parents and foster children to increase attachment. A further recommendation is to increase services to assist with problematic psychosocial behaviors such as evidenced based cognitive behavioral therapies that involve the foster children and the foster parents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Cheryl
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Social work
Publication Number: 1499210
ISBN: 978-1-124-85264-5
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