School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Zoricelis Davila


Phenomenology, Hispanic, Foster Care, Caregiver


Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of this phenomenological study is to understand the attitudes and perceptions of Hispanics living in Tampa Bay, Florida regarding foster parent roles. The theory guiding this study is the researcher’s axiological philosophical assumption. The philosophical assumption is applied within the social constructivist interpretive framework. The researcher seeks to understand the study participants' world and develop meaning to their lived experiences, as discussed during the interviews. The participants’ views are the primary source of reliance for the research (Creswell & Poth, 2018). The researcher’s position in this study is relative to their social position, personal, political, and professional beliefs when utilizing the axiological philosophical assumption (Creswell & Poth, 2018). This study explored why Hispanics may or may not choose to become foster parents or caregivers to children in foster care. Data were collected through guided interviews and field notes including notes regarding observable body language or facial expression. The researcher conducted data analysis utilizing the Interpretative Phenomenological Approach to interpret the data drawn from participant interviews. Study results sought to understand the lived experiences of Hispanics in the United States that contribute to their perceptions about foster parent and caregiver roles for foster children.

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