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

J. A. Rodriguez, E. G. Jones

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-118
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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