Selecting and foster carers : could personnel psychology improve outcomes?

Kennedy, Barbara, and Thorpe, Rosamund (2006) Selecting and foster carers : could personnel psychology improve outcomes? Adoption and Fostering, 30 (3). pp. 29-38.

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Abstract

Foster care services are struggling in a context of decreasing community interest in providing care and increases in the demand for placements, the proportion of children with special needs requiring care and placement breakdowns. As Sinclair’s recent (2005) overview emphasises, improving carer selection could reduce pressure on services by selecting those applicants best suited to the demands of the task.

Research and practice from personnel psychology have long been used by employers seeking to identify the most suitable employees for a particular job, but this approach appears not to have been applied to selecting foster carers. In recent years, in personnel psychology, there has been increased recognition of the impact of personal characteristics on work performance satisfaction and retention. The authors explore the utility of one such test, the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), in predicting foster carer suitability and subsequent retention among Australian carers. Both group and case-study analysis suggests potential worthy of further investigation.

Item ID: 1742
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: foster carers, selection, personality, work psychology, Hogan Personality Inventory, Australia
ISSN: 1740-469X
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2007
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 51%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 49%
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