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Foster parents' early adaptation to the placement of a child with developmental disabilities in their home

Authors
Journal
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
0882-5963
Publisher
Elsevier - WB Saunders
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0882-5963(96)80068-6
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Eight foster parents of children with developmental disabilities (DD) were interviewed about their early adaptation to placement of the child in their homes. Analysis using a grounded theory methodology showed important adaptations in the physiological, role function, interdependence, and self-concept modes of adaptation. Parents described less attention to their own physical health, dominance of the parenting role over all other roles, decreased social interactions, and a sense of personal satisfaction in response to placement of a child with DD in their homes. Implications for nursing practice are included.

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