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Amanda Baden

In: Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers,Practitioners, and Families

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

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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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