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A Qualitative Study Marian K. Psych, PhD; Curtin University of Technology Abstract of Contents This article describes the expectations, responses to unmet expectations, and factors that influence adoption reunion outcomes. Themes derived for interviews with 10 adult adoptees and 10 birth mothers who had each experienced an adoption reunion beyond an initial face-to-face meeting are reported.
Abstract Three aspects of ongoing adoption reunions were investigated: Participants were 10 adult adoptees1 and 10 birth mothers who had each experienced an adoption reunion beyond an initial face-to-face meeting.
A qualitative phenomenological and interactionist approach was taken. A semi-structured interview was conducted and data analysed thematically. Numerous themes were identified including expectations regarding the model of relationship, the definition of mother, and whether or not desires are understood as rights.
Responses to unmet expectations fell into three categories: Conceptualisation of the reunion as either the acquisition of something external or as an internal process of personal growth is discussed.
Implications of the findings are presented, including their appropriateness to clinical work with populations other than adoption reunion participants. To reduce clumsiness of language, the feminine pronoun is used for adoptees, rather than he or she, his or her.
Reference to all adoptees as feminine also protects the confidentiality of participants. Even direct quotes in the Results and Discussion section have been altered, where appropriate, to the feminine form to prevent any identification of participants.
A Qualitative Study Although adoption of children has existed in some form for thousands of years it was not until the s and s that concern was expressed about its long-term consequences.
After lobbying by professionals and those involved in adoption, changes in the law were made that made it legally possible for adult adoptees and birth parents to obtain both general and identifying information about the other, and to make contact.
These changes have had huge ramifications, probably the greatest of which is the possibility of reunion. Consequently the thought of reunion evokes a myriad of mixed emotions, and is driven by a wide diversity of motives.
In fact, the most common reasons for searching given by adoptees are related to four themes: The second and third categories are both considered as search as therapy, as they have an underlying therapeutic intent of achieving personal change.
Andersen identifies two models of therapeutic search: Andersen outlines the components of the medical deficiency model that are implicit in this understanding of the search. Implicit in the psychological model is that all searches are therapeutic.
The three models of search are not mutually exclusive, but usually one is dominant. While some considered searching after a life transition, such as a divorce, most decided to search when they realised that finding the child was a real possibility. Modell contends that there are few definitive findings in regard to reasons for the search.
What has been conclusive is that a more birth mothers than birth fathers undertake the search, b those birth mothers who do search are aware of the cultural prohibitions on them for searching, and consequently c most birth mothers who search seek social support for their quest, often from self-help search groups.
Although both adoptees and birth mothers have their specific emphases in the reasons for searching, there seems to be a common underlying motivating factor, namely an underlying desire to reconnect with the person who is, in fact, part of their reality — a part that has been hitherto largely denied, in regard to both its actual existence and to its degree of importance.The analysis presented here is mainly based on research conducted in Spain between and with Peruvian migrants and adoptees, and with professionals involved in both fields.
Adoptees thus find themselves confronting the difficult task of how to integrate, on one hand, the cultural baggage of their country of origin and, on the other, their belonging to a new family and identifying with that family’s national culture, without in most cases having equal access to both of their cultural communities (Scherman, ).
Mar 04, · Brodzinsky's () research supports the notion that adoptees are more vulnerable to emotional, behavioral, and academic problems than the nonadopted living with their biological parents.
Data from the National Health Interview Survey were used to determine if adopted children are more likely to have emotional or behavioral problems than non. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of children’s and adults’ experiences with adoption.
This qualitative study used individual interviews to examine 25 participants. Market research and analysis shall also be conducted to identify and evaluate possible _____ and _____ throughout research and development Ask for details ; Follow; Report; by have two children, and file a joint return.
their daughter katie is 19 years old and is a full-time student at state university. during , she completed her 1/5(1). - There has been an enormous amount of research conducted about adoptees and their problems with identity formation. Many of the researchers agree on some of the causes of identity formation problems in adolescent adoptees, while other researchers conclude that there is no significant difference in identity formation in adoptees and birth.