The Home Representation Impact on the Adopted Adolescents’ Adaptation to the Foster Families

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Abstract

Home representations in the adaptation of adopted adolescents to the foster families were investigated. 30 parents (5 fathers and 25 mothers, age from 35 to 45) and 30 adolescents (11 girls and 19 boys, age from 14 to 15) participated in the study. The independent variable was home representation, the dependent one – home attachment and family attachment as markers of adolescents’ adaptation to home. The following tools were used: the Functionality of the Home Environment Questionnaire (Nartova-Bochaver et al., 2015), the Relevance of the Home Environment Questionnaire (Nartova-Bochaver et al., 2016), Home Attachment Scale (Reznichenko et al., 2016), and Family Allоcentrism Scale scores (Lay et al., 1998). There was revealed that Functionality, Relevance, and Family Allоcentrism Scale were higher in parents than in children whereas Home Attachment scores weren’t. It was shown as well that similarity of the home representations in children and parents impacted on the family attachment but not home attachment. The Relevance of the Home Environment was stronger predictor of the children’s family attachment than Functionality. The applications of the study seem to be helpful in the practical work with foster families and children which could intensify home personalization techniques in children.

General Information

Keywords: adaptation, adolescent, foster family, home representation, Functionality of the Home Environment, Relevance of the Home Environment, home attachment, family attachment

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpse.2017060406

Funding. This study was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (project № 14-18-02163).

For citation: Nartova-Bochaver S.K., Reznichenko S.I., Kovaleva A.I. The Home Representation Impact on the Adopted Adolescents’ Adaptation to the Foster Families [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2017. Vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 75–89. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2017060406. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Sofya K. Nartova-Bochaver, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Laboratory for the Psychology of Salutogenic Environment, Department of Psychology, HSE University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8061-4154, e-mail: s-nartova@yandex.ru

Sofia I. Reznichenko, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7930-8790, e-mail: sofya_292@list.ru

A. I. Kovaleva, Certified psychologist, Certified psychologist, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: kovaleva@3rim.ru

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