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Can someone help me review theories and research in Social Psychology concerning society attitude toward the foster care system and how the opinion can be changed. How was these studies in Social Psychology applied to society attitude? What are the weakness or gaps in these research? Also, whether this attitude has impeded the progress of changing some of the negative aspects of foster care. In addition, what are one or more hypothese that can be used to test a proposed study about society's attitude toward foster care.

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(a) How Studies in Social Psychology applied to Society Attitudes
Research indicates that attitudes toward the foster care system has been one of apathy and lack of concern that has resulted in the failure of children to transition into a healthy environment as independent, productive adults in today's society (Herring Shook, Goodkind, & Kim, 2009). Herring et al present research that cites the poor adjustment of youth in foster care because of the constant change in foster care placements. Many of the children are unable to find jobs (or have low-paying jobs); they lack positive role models and positive leadership that often result with them becoming incarcerated, or homeless. According to Whelan, attitudes in society have contributed to a failing system in which foster children are neglected, and viewed as troublemakers. Most move from school to school because they frequently change foster homes (Allen & Vacca, 2010 as cited in Allen & Vacca, 2011). In addition, foster care children are not provided with adequate health care services.

(b) Also, whether this attitude has impeded the progress of changing some of the negative aspects of foster care
Allen & Vacca (2011) point out, the children are "shortchanged" by the very system that is supposed to protect them, and charged with their well-being. They reflect on the apathetic attitude and neglect of children in foster care, and society as a whole. They assert that the need exists to develop a system that provides foster children with a nurturing environment and a sense of belonging. However, as more and more children are being adopted into loving and caring families, the negative stigma toward foster care is changing. State wide campaigns for adoption have been published aimed at helping to shape more positive attitudes about adoption, and the children of foster parents. The primary goal of the research undergirding one survey was to enhance adoption practice and inform the public, so that more families would adopt ...

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This solution discuss theories and research on attitudes concerning the foster care system.