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Fostering "family" : how communication sustains and functions in foster families, by Leslie Nelson

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Fostering "family" : how communication sustains and functions in foster families
Title
Fostering "family"
Title remainder
how communication sustains and functions in foster families
Statement of responsibility
by Leslie Nelson
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Language
eng
Summary
While foster families are prevalent and serve a critical role in our society, little is known about the communicative dynamics connecting the foster square (e.g., foster child, foster parent(s), birth parent(s), and agency). Guided by Family Communication Patterns theory (Koerner & Fitzpatrick, 2002), the goal of this thesis was to understand not only how foster families communicate, but also how foster parent-child communication impacts foster children as well as the parent-child relationship. Current foster parents (N=158) completed an anonymous online survey in which they were asked to report on their communication and relationship with a current foster child. Several significant findings emerged. First, a positive relationship between shared family identity and both conversation orientation and relational closeness emerged. Second, communicative openness was positively associated with child's strengths and relational closeness. Third, the interactional effect of communicative openness and conformity orientation significantly predicted child strengths. Lastly, both consensual and laissez-faire parenting styles had unique effects on foster-parent child relational closeness. These findings provide valuable theoretical contributions and ultimately help to establish a foundation for future research on the foster family form. Implications for understanding how shared family identity emerges and the role of openness in the foster family form are discussed
Cataloging source
MUU
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Nelson, Leslie
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation note
Thesis
Dissertation year
2014.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1983-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Colaner, Colleen Warner
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  • Foster home care
  • Communication in families
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Fostering "family" : how communication sustains and functions in foster families, by Leslie Nelson
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Publication
Note
  • "MAY 2014."
  • "A Thesis presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri--Columbia In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts."
  • Thesis advisor: Dr. Colleen Colaner
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-70)
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent.
Control code
900483313
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 80 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)900483313
Label
Fostering "family" : how communication sustains and functions in foster families, by Leslie Nelson
Publication
Note
  • "MAY 2014."
  • "A Thesis presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri--Columbia In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts."
  • Thesis advisor: Dr. Colleen Colaner
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-70)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
900483313
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 80 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)900483313

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