The problem of generation in a foster family as a special small social group

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Abstract

The peculiarities of changes in the structure of a foster family after the child adoption, related to the restructuring of borders, rules, norms that exist in the family before adoption are discussed. The structural features of a foster family are described, which make it possible to analyze the characteristics of the family that are important for its resilience. Taking into account the generation factor, the characteristics of the family system in the dyad grandmother (grandfather) — grandson (granddaughter) and the specifics of the developmental stages of a foster family are analyzed. Intergenerational inverted structure can be quite hard, as it seems to all family members. It justifies the assumption that the intergenerational coalition can manifest itself in the gradual forming of the child’s relationship with foster parents and the latent / open conflict between the child and the foster grandmother / grandfather. The possibility of a hidden coalition between the foster mother and the child and pushing the foster father out of this coalition is shown. It is concluded that the study of family composition on the basis of kinship intergenerational relations between foster parents and foster children is not given enough attention, the topic remains poorly investigated, despite its relevance.

General Information

Keywords: foster family, family resilience, family composition, intergenerational connections, family structures, family stages, kinship adoption

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/sps.2019100211

Funding. Research has been made for State task: “Psychological problems of professional mentality in the conditions of organizational and technological innovations”, No. 0159-2019-0001

For citation: Makhnach A.V. The problem of generation in a foster family as a special small social group. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2019. Vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 146–156. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2019100211. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Alexander V. Makhnach, Doctor of Psychology, Deputy Director for Science, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2231-1788, e-mail: makhnach@ipran.ru

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