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Theoretical Perspectives on Adoption Adjustment
Theoretical perspectives on adoption adjustment

The past 30 years have witnessed a growing interest among researchers and clinicians in the study of adopted children and their families (Brodzinsky & Schechter, 1990). Much of the literature has focused on the question of whether adopted children are at increased risk for psychological and academic problems compared with their nonadopted peers (Brodzinsky, 1993; Wierzbicki, 1993), as well as on developmental issues and individual difference factors in patterns of adoption adjustment (Brodzinsky, 1987; Brodzinsky, Schechter, & Henig, 1992). Other investigators have focused on psychological issues involving adoptive parents and/or the nature and functioning of the adoptive family system (Kirk, 1964; Reitz & Watson, 1992). A problem that has plagued much of the empirical research on ...

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