Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Teresa Tsushima

Second Advisor

Cornelia Flora

Third Advisor

Marcia Michaels

Abstract

This is a qualitative study that seeks to examine the foster care experience through the narratives of fifteen participants. This study specifically examines how foster care and family disruptions impact a young adult's ability to form and establish meaningful and trusting romantic relationships. The data were collected from interviews of young adults raised in long-term foster care and adoptive foster care placements. As I set out to explore the foster care experience, I noted the recurring themes that resonated from interviews with the participants. Participants' experiences and understandings of attachment are reflected in my findings.;Many researchers, such as John Bowlby, have long argued that the attachments that infants form or fail to form with their caregivers have life long implications for future relationships. But attachment researchers have overlooked the institution of foster care and the ways it shapes children's lives. This study examines lifelong attachment processes and examines the attachment process of young adults raised in foster care and adoptive foster placements. Specifically, this study examines how romantic relationships are viewed, established, and often avoided by young adults raised in foster care.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16051

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Lucy Diane Ganem

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1450149

OCLC Number

232567761

ISBN

9780549422297

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

155 pages

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