Attachment experiences of grandparent kinship caregivers and nonkinship foster parents with preschool-aged children in their care

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Social Work
Department Social Work (College of)
Author Baird, Nancy Coyne
Title Attachment experiences of grandparent kinship caregivers and nonkinship foster parents with preschool-aged children in their care
Date 2013-12
Description This study explored the attachment relationships of grandparent kinship caregivers and nonkinship foster parents with preschool-aged children in their care. Research suggests that attachment is crucial in early childhood relationships and can impact relationships throughout the lifespan. Children in kinship care or nonkinship foster care are removed for abuse, neglect, dependency, and other traumatic life experiences, which can affect their ability to form positive attachment relationships. The goal was to understand attachment relationships in the grandparent kinship caregiver and nonkinship foster care milieu. Qualitative research methods were utilized. There were 8 grandparent kinship caregiver participants and 8 nonkinship foster parent participants. The themes that emerged were: 1) importance of family; 2) attachment, trauma, and traumatic grief and loss; 3) challenges; 4) roles; and 5) family relationship styles. Each theme contained subthemes. All participants reported challenges and the majority reported positive attachment relationships. This was the first qualitative study to explore attachment experiences of grandparent kinship caregivers and nonkinship foster parents with preschool-aged children in their care. The findings from this study can be used to inform mental health professionals, the child welfare system, grandparent kinship caregivers, nonkinship foster families, and serve as a guide to future research.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Attachment; Attachment experiences; Grandparent kinship caregivers; Nonkinship foster parents; Preschool-aged children; Trauma
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Nancy Coyne Baird 2013
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 512,230 bytes
Identifier etd3/id/3399
ARK ark:/87278/s6xw7t2b
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2015-03-30
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 196963
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xw7t2b
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