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Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 267–283 | Cite as

Matching adolescents with foster mothers and fathers: An evaluation of the role of temperament

  • Robert G. Green
  • Dean Braley
  • Anne Kisor
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Abstract

We tested the notion that better foster care adjustment would be observed when the temperaments of mothers and fathers were matched with those of adolescent foster children. We hypothesized that families in which foster parents and foster children had high (easy) scores on subscales of the Revised Dimensions of Temperament Scale (DOTS-R) would also report higher family functioning and higher foster care adjustment than parents and children from families in which one or both family members had low (difficult) scores on these scales. The hypotheses were supported when the mothers and fathers family assessments were used but rejected when the observations of the case managers and adolescents were tested. Methodological and substantive explanations for the findings are discussed and recommendation for foster care practice and continuing research are provided.

Key Words

foster care adjustment temperament Revised Dimensions of Temperament Scale family assessments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert G. Green
    • 3
  • Dean Braley
    • 1
  • Anne Kisor
    • 2
  1. 1.Braley and Thompson, Inc.Charleston
  2. 2.Georgia State UniversityAtlanta
  3. 3.School of Social WorkVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond

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