The Psychology of Adoption

Paperback | November 1, 1993

EditorDavid M. Brodzinsky, Marshall D. Schechter

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Recent empirical work has shown that adopted children are more vulnerable to a host of psychological and school-related problems compared to their non-adopted peers. The rate of referral of adopted children to mental-health facilities is far above what would be expected given theirrepresentation in the general population. However, our understanding of the basis of these problems remains unclear. In this work, David Brodzinsky, who has conducted one of the largest studies of adopted children, along with Marshall Schechter, a child psychiatrist, has brought together a group ofleading researchers from various disciplines to explore the complex, interdisciplinary subject of adoption. Theoretical, empirical, clinical, and social policy issues offer new insights into the problems facing parents of adopted children and especially the children themselves. The book is acomprehensive study and will be of interest to child psychiatrists, developmental and clinical psychologists, social workers, and social service providers.

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In this volume David Brodzinsky and Marshall Schechter have brought together a group of leading researchers from various disciplines to explore the complex interdisciplinary subject of adoption. While recent work has shown that adopted children are more vulnerable to psychological and school-related problems compared to their nonadopte...

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Recent empirical work has shown that adopted children are more vulnerable to a host of psychological and school-related problems compared to their non-adopted peers. The rate of referral of adopted children to mental-health facilities is far above what would be expected given theirrepresentation in the general population. However, our ...

David M. Brodzinsky is Associate Professor, Developmental and Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University. Marshall D. Schechter is Professor Emeritus, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PART I: Theoretical Perspectives on Adoption Adjustment1. David M. Brodzinsky: A Stress and Coping Model of Adoption Adjustment2. Remi J. Cadoret: Biologic Perspectives of Adoptee Adjustment3. Paul M. Brinich: Adoption from the Inside Out: a Psychoanalytic Perspective4. Marshall E. Schechter and Doris Bertocci: The Meaning of the SearchPART II: Research on Adoption5. Michael Bohman and Soren Sigvardsson: Outcomes in Adoption: Lessons from Longitudinal Studies6. John Triseliotis and Malcolm Hill: Contrasting Adoption, Foster Care and Residential Rearing7. Acknowledgement or Rejection of Differences? Kenneth Kaye8. Janet L. Hoopes: Adoption and Identity Formation9. Harold D. Grotevant and Ruth G. McRoy: Adopted Adolescents in Residential Treatment: the Role of the Family10. Arnold R. Silverman and William Fiegelman: Adjustment in Interracial Adoptees: an Overview11. Trudy Festinger: Adoption Disruption: Rates and CorrelatesPART III. Clinical Issues in Adoption12. Ann Hartman and Joan Laird: Family Treatment after Adoption: Common Themes13. Judith Schaffer and Christina Lindstrom: Solution-Focused Therapy with Adoptive Families14. Wells Goodrich et al.: The Residential Treatment of Severely Disturbed Adolescent AdopteesPART IV: Social Policy and Casework Issues in Adoption15. Elizabeth S. Cole and Kathryn S. Donley: History, Values, and Placement Policy Issues in Adoption16. Anne B. Brodzinsky: Surrendering an Infant for Adoption: the Birthmother Experience17. Anne Baran and Reuben Pannor: Open Adoption18. Andre P. Derdeyn: Foster Parent Adoption: The Legal Framework

From Our Editors

In this volume David Brodzinsky and Marshall Schechter have brought together a group of leading researchers from various disciplines to explore the complex interdisciplinary subject of adoption. While recent work has shown that adopted children are more vulnerable to psychological and school-related problems compared to their nonadopted peers, and that the rate of referral of adopted children to mental-health facilities is far above the general population, our understanding of the basis for these problems remains unclear. In this book, theoretical, empirical, clinical, and social policy issues offer new insights into the problems facing parents of adopted children, and especially the children themselves. Of interest to child psychiatrists, developmental and clinical psychologists, social workers, social service providers, and adoptive parents. Illustrations

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"Professionals from any of the disciplines touched by adoption . . . will find this resource very useful as a ready analysis of the available adoption research. Each chapter is a free-standing research review on the topic identified as a chapter theme." --OURS magazine