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The Essential Characteristics of Foster Families' Emotional System
Systemic Family Therapy
This work is aimed to study foster families in terms of the characteristics of their emotional system, and how these features may be related to the motivation of adoption and the role of the adopted child in a foster family. The results suggest that the main ways to reduce anxiety in foster families are the marital distance and the anxiety focused on the child. The adopted child is often the stabilizer of the family system, brings the couple together or plays the role of a deputy in marital relations, facilitates the separation of older children from the family. In a conditionally functional foster family, dysfunctional triangles have not been identified, and the motivation for adoption is the desire to have a child.