The relationship of social class and other variables to parental acceptance among foster parents

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Miriam Ruth Aberg (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Hyman Rodman

Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship of social class and other characteristics of foster parents to the parental acceptance of foster children. Foster parents involved in a larger study were asked to complete the Family Information Questionnaire (FIQ) and the Porter Parental Acceptance Scale (PPAS). Demographic data and an acceptance score were obtained for 79 subjects. It was hypothesized that middle-class foster parents would score significantly higher on the PPAS than lower-class foster parents. The results indicated that there was not a significant social class difference in parental acceptance among this sample of foster parents. Sex, education level, and length of marriage were also found not to be significantly discriminating of parental acceptance. Results from a stepwise multiple regression analysis indicated that social class contributed slightly to the explanation of the variance of parental acceptance. Four variables indicative of familiarity with child care explained the majority of the explained variance of parental acceptance. Sex of the parent was also entered into the regression equation indicating that foster mothers scored higher on the PPAS than foster fathers.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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