Psychological Issues In Adoption: Research And Practice

Hardcover | June 30, 2005

byDavid M. Brodzinsky

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In this book, leading researchers spotlight how dramatically the practice of adoption has changed both in North America and Europe in recent decades due to, among other factors, a falling rate of domestically born infants being placed for adoption. This has resulted in a rise in international adoption, children of color being placed with Caucasian parents, increased foster care and special needs adoptions including children exposed to prenatal alcohol and drug use as well as maltreatment by birth parents. Also examined is the far more diverse group of adults being granted adoption rights, including single and homosexual parents. Research findings demonstrate the trend across countries toward open adoption, wherein the birth parents and adoptive parents meet to share information. As the editors note, there is no longer a "typical adopted child" or a "typical adoptive family." Paralleling these changes has been a growing interest in the study of adopted children and adoptive parents. Although earlier research showed adoptees more likely to experience school problems and psychological disorders, recent studies show the differences in these areas between adoptees and non-adoptees to be relatively small. Models guiding adoption research are beginning to emphasize resilience and positive adaptation, rather than risk and psychopathology. This handbook will be of interest to all involved with adoption policy and practice.

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In this book, leading researchers spotlight how dramatically the practice of adoption has changed both in North America and Europe in recent decades due to, among other factors, a falling rate of domestically born infants being placed for adoption. This has resulted in a rise in international adoption, children of color being placed wi...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.32 × 6.26 × 1.21 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275979709

ISBN - 13:9780275979706

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?Brodzinsky and Palacios's new edited volume picks up from the first author's earlier and important similar volume (The Psychology of Adoption, coed. with Marshall Schechter, 1990), which detailed the important changes occurring in child adoptions and reviewed their theoretical and practical significances. What gives the current volume special value is its cross-national focus, bringing contributions of leading researchers from the Netherlands, Spain, and Scandinavia together with those of outstanding North American adoption researchers. Like its predecessor, the current volume brings to one central place a huge amount of valuable information on adoptive adjustments and their transformations; changing adoption trends; transracial and transcultural adoptions; adoptions of older, disabled children; adoptions by single parents; gay and lesbian adoptive parents; open adoptions; the impact of adverse preadoption experiences; emotional bonding issues; and others. Anyone doing research on adoptions will want to have this volume, which saves the time and trouble of scouring through countless journal articles and governmental reports....Essential. All levels/libraries.?-Choice