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Thesis

Vicarious traumatization among foster parents

25 July 2005

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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