Eight foster parents of children with developmental disabilities (DD) were interviewed about their early adaptation to placement of the child in their homes. Analysis using a grounded theory methodology showed important adaptations in the physiological, role function, interdependence, and self-concept modes of adaptation. Parents described less attention to their own physical health, dominance of the parenting role over all other roles, decreased social interactions, and a sense of personal satisfaction in response to placement of a child with DD in their homes. Implications for nursing practice are included.
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