The Structure of the Methodology "Motivation for the Adoption of an Orphan Child by a Foster Family"



The results of validation of a new version of the methodology "Motivation for the adoption of an orphan child by a foster family" (author V.N. Oslon) are presented. The analysis allowed us to identify 9 scales (types of motivation), as well as to clarify their content. All nine scales have good internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha from 0.703 to 0.937). The convergent validity of the tool is proved. At the level of high statistical significance, the scales of the questionnaire correlate with the results obtained by standardized methods: "Family Viability Scale" M.T. Sixby (adaptation by E.S. Gusarov, M.A. Odintsova, M.G. Sorokova), "Questionnaire of emotional Intelligence" (D.V. Lyusin), "Short Questionnaire of the Dark Triad" (adaptation by M.S. Egorov, M.A. Sitnikov, O.V. Parshikov); questionnaire "Big Five" by L. Goldberg (adaptation by G.G. Knyazev, L.G. Mitrofanov, A.V. Bocharov). The methodology "Motivation for the adoption of an orphan child by a foster family" is capable of performing a prognostic function and can be used by specialists of the SPR to select resource replacement families for an adopted child, as well as to track the dynamics of changes in motivation in the process of preparing potential foster parents, actualization and mobilization of types of motivation adequate to the tasks of raising an orphan child, neutralization and correction of the inadequate ones.

General Information

Keywords: methodology, type of motivation, foster parents, factor structure, intercorrelation, correlation, an orphan child

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The research was provided within the state assignment of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation “Psychological, pedagogical and socio-legal justification of the variability of psychodiagnostic procedures for examining candidates for foster parents, pupils and employees of organizations for orphans and children left without parental care”, no. 073-00041-21-03 dated 11.06.2021.

Received: 02.11.2021


For citation: Oslon V.N., Odintsova M., Semya G.V., Kolesnikova U.V. The Structure of the Methodology "Motivation for the Adoption of an Orphan Child by a Foster Family" [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psychological-Educational Studies, 2021. Vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 3–21. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2021130401. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Veronika N. Oslon, PhD in Psychology, Professor, Chair of Developmental Psychology named after L.F. Obukhova, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Maria Odintsova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy of Distance Learning, Faculty of Distance Learning, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Galina V. Semya, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of the Department of Developmental Psychology named after Professor L.F. Obukhova" Faculty of Educational Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Professor of the Department of Psychological Anthropology of the Institute of Childhood of the Moscow Pedagogical State University., Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ulyana V. Kolesnikova, Research Associate, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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