The purpose of this investigator-initiated study is to identify levels of emotional intelligence (El), depression, and role fulfillment among foster parents. It is believed that if a link between EI and the other variables is identified, programs can be developed to help build EI in foster parents, and thus aid them in becoming more effective caregivers. A convenience sample of foster parents participated in this mixed methods study. There were 30 participants total recruited through a collaborative effort with a local Foster
Family Agency (FF A). Participants were at least 25 years of age and a certified foster parent. Participants were asked to complete a brief anonymous questionnaire that includes demographic questions and three standardized measures; the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso’s Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT). the Beck’s Depression Inventory, and four validated self-evaluation questions about foster parents· self-assessment of their role. After completing the questionnaire, participants were invited to partake in a confidential focus group discussion about their foster care experience lasting about 90 minutes on average. The study received IRB approval and active informed consent was obtained from all participation. Results found that the foster parents had an above average score or emotional intelligence. compared to the average population. In addition, they reported high levels of role fulfillment as foster parent and, scores demonstrating average/borderline symptoms of depression.
Social Work and Social Ecology
School of Behavioral Health
Master of Science (MS)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Emotional Intelligence; Emotions - Problems - Exercises - etc.;Self-Actualization; Self-efficacy; Perception; Foster Parents; Parents - Mental Health; Caregivers
Subject - Local
Investigator-initiated Study; Role Fulfillment; Beck's Depression Inventory; Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test
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Farnell, Elysse, "Emotional Intelligence: How it Impacts Depression Levels and Perception of Role Fulfillment Among Caregiver Foster Parents" (2014). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. Paper 251.
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