A four factor model predicting likelihood of foster carer retention

Eaton, Ann, and Caltabiano, Marie (2009) A four factor model predicting likelihood of foster carer retention. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 44 (2). pp. 215-229.

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Abstract

This study used a self-report method to test a conceptual model for predicting the likelihood of retention of foster carers for children requiring out-of-home care. It was hypothesized that satisfaction levels of foster carers would be determined by locus of control and social support, and that the decision to stay or leave fostering within the next 18 months would be influenced by foster carer satisfaction, and commitment to a child/ren in care. Participants were 185 Queensland foster carers. Results supported the proposed model. Logistic regression analysis revealed that an increase in either satisfaction or commitment would result in foster carers being more likely to decide to stay in fostering. Multiple regression analysis found that both locus of control and social support made a significant contribution to the prediction of carer satisfaction. The findings were further supported by qualitative data. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Item ID: 9102
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: foster carer; satisfaction; retention
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ISSN: 0157-6321
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 01:54
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940112 Families and Family Services @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 50%
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