Age at placement and adult adopted people's experience of being adopted

Howe, D. and Shemmings, D. and Feast, J. (2001) Age at placement and adult adopted people's experience of being adopted. Child and Family Social Work, 6 (4). pp. 337-349. ISSN 1356-7500. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Older age at placement has long been recognized as a risk factor in successful adoption outcomes. The findings of the present study emerged as part of a larger study that looked at the adoption experiences and reunion outcomes of 472 adults who had either searched for or been sought by one or more of their birth relatives. As part of the investigation, adopted adults were asked to evaluate their adoption experience. Age at placement was used as a key variable in examining whether or not adopted people felt different to their adoptive family, felt they belonged in their adoptive family, and felt loved by their adoptive parents while growing up. Respondents were also asked to evaluate their overall experience of being adopted. Older age at placement significantly increased the risk of adopted people viewing major aspects of their adoption experience with either mixed or negative feelings.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: David Shemmings
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2008 19:03
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:41
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/10829 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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