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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lyman, Susan Bell
URN etd-10242005-124102
Title A closer look at self-image in male foster care adolescents
Degree PhD
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bird, Gloria W. Committee Member
Cross, Lawrence H. Committee Member
Rogers, Cosby S. Committee Member
Smith, Carolyn A. Committee Member
Sporakowski, Michael J. Committee Member
  • Self-perception in adolescence
  • Foster children Psychology
  • Teenage boys Psychology
Date of Defense 1993-03-15
Availability restricted

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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