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|Type of Document
||Lyman, Susan Bell
||A closer look at self-image in male foster care adolescents
||Family and Child Development
|Bird, Gloria W.
|Cross, Lawrence H.
|Rogers, Cosby S.
|Smith, Carolyn A.
|Sporakowski, Michael J.
- Self-perception in adolescence
- Foster children Psychology
- Teenage boys Psychology
|Date of Defense
Using the Offer Self-Image Questionnaire this study
attempted to determine what differences exist between 58
male adolescents in foster care and their peers in the
normal population and to establish if there are specific
characteristics of the adolescent's background or foster
care experience that are related to specific domains of
self-image. Characteristics from foster care history
included number of placements and length of time at the
current placement. The individual background
characteristics included were race, educational achievement
and age. Foster care youth had lower family self-image and
emotional health and higher social self-image when compared
to the normative popUlation. When compared separately to
the normative population, white youth had higher than normal
moral self-image and sexual attitudes and lower scores on
family relations and emotional health. Black youth had
higher social self-image scores. Lower scores on several
domains of self-image were associated with being younger,
being white, having lower academic achievement, having more
placements, and staying at the current placement for a
longer period of time. The implications of these findings
for foster care placement decisions are discussed.
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