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Resilience as a characteristic of a social group of foster parents’ applicants 639

Makhnach A.V.
PhD in Psychology, Deputy Director, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Tolstykh N.N.
Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Chair of Social Psychology of Development, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Based on the research of the foster parents’ applicants sample from different regions of Russia (622 people, including 223 men, the average age is 39.6 years, and 399 women, the average age is 39.7 years), socio-demographic and psychological characteristics a large social group of potential Russian foster parents were studied. The phenomena of resilience of an adult and a family, the stages of their study and approaches to operationalization are analyzed. In the empirical study were used the following tests: “Resilience of an adult” (Makhnach, 2016), Symptom Check List-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) in the adaptation of N.V. Tarabrina and co-authors, “Family Resources” test (Makhnach, Postylyakova, 2013) as well as the “Scale of social desirability” of Marlowe-Crown. The received results testify high resilience of a social group of Russian foster parents’ applicants. Foster parents who already raised kin and / or adoptive children, have first marriage, are in the age range of 40—50 years have better results. Also women demonstrate more high resilience than men.

Keywords: resilience, family resources, foster family, diagnostics of foster parents’ applicants, orphans

Column: Empirical Research


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Financial support has been provided by grant from FASO, No. 0159-2017-0001


The authors are sincerely grateful to the psychologists: L.M. Levina, O.N. Suslova, N.A. Ivanova (Irkutsk), S.A. Zabiran (Murmansk), Yu.B. Melesheva (Borovichi, Novgorod Region), N.Yu. Glushkova, Т.S. Bragina, S.A. Vjuzhanina, M.I. Pavlova, O.M. Kutlubaeva, L.G. Telnova (Izhevsk).

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