Foster care, foster parents, stress, support
To obtain an insider's perspective of the unique dynamics and needs of foster parents, surveys and interviews were conducted using human ecology and ambiguous loss as a guiding framework. The resulting qualitative and quantitative data show significant and distinctive stressors for foster parents. These include challenges with agency staff and procedures and ambiguous situations. However, these parents generally found meaning and satisfaction in service and coped with the help of informal and formal supports.
Original Publication Citation
Whiting, J. B., & Huber. P. T. (2007). Significant stress and real rewards: The ecological and ambiguous experiences of foster parents. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 20(2), 9-20.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Whiting, Jason B. PhD and Huber, Paul T. MA, "Significant Stress and Real Rewards: The Ecological and Ambiguous Experiences of Foster Parents" (2007). Faculty Publications. 2168.
Relational Child and Youth Care Practice
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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