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Date of Award

7-25-2005

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Deborah Wise

Abstract

In this study, the relationship between social support, history of traumatic events and vicarious traumatization was examined among foster parents. Sixty-eight ii participants completed questionnaires, including the Trauma and Attachment Belief Scale (McCann & Pearlman, 1990), the Life Events Checklist (Gray, Litz, Wang, & Lombardo, 2004), and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (Zimet, Dahlem, Zimet and Farley, 1988). Foster parents with higher levels of perceived social support had lower levels of vicarious traumatization (p<.Ol). Higher levels of perceived social support from friends was more strongly negatively associated with vicarious traumatization than perceived social support from family members. Suggestions about interventions for foster parents are offered.

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