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Although most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption is the first text designed for mental health practitioners to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.

Chapter 8: Putting Culture into Context: The Impact of Attitudestoward the Adoption of Chinese Adoptees

Putting Culture into Context: The Impact of Attitudestoward the Adoption of Chinese Adoptees
Putting culture into context: The impact of attitudes toward the adoptionof chinese adoptees

The practice of placing orphaned or abandoned children transracially andinternationally has been the subject of scrutiny in the United States and Europefor the past 35 years. As a result of the concern expressed over the outcomes ofthese placements, clinicians, researchers, and child policy professionals soughtto determine the “best interests of the child” by conductingresearch to assess the adjustment and psychological impact of adoption onchildren and adolescents adopted transracially and internationally. However,despite investigating variables affecting adoptees such as racial and ethnicidentity (e.g., Andujo, 1988; Huh, 1997; McRoy, Zurcher, Lauderdale, &Anderson, 1984; Shireman & Johnson, 1986), psychological adjustment(e.g., Cederblad, Höök, Irhammar, & ...

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