Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Communication (MA)
Second Committee Member
Foster Parent, Marital Quality, Social Support
This study explores the phenomena of foster parents' marital relationships and the emotional stress felt by each spouse. Results revealed a positive correlation between marital quality and perceived spousal support and a negative correlation between either marital quality or perceived spousal support and emotional stress associated with disciplining the foster child. Analyses also showed that emotional stress associated with being a foster parent positively correlated with emotional stress associated with both the child's past and the possibility of the child being moved. These results underscore the importance of spousal communication, marital quality, and perceived spousal support as a stress reducer for foster parents.
Russell, Katherine Elizabeth, "The Effects of Fostering on Communication and Marital Quality in the Marital Dyadic Relationship" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 2292.