Focusing on developmental and clinical issues in children's adjustment to adoption, the authors introduce this volume with an overview of historical and contemporary perspectives, then explore various theories that have addressed the issue of psychological risk associated with adoption. Following a review of empirical research on factors that influence the adjustment process, the authors discuss different types of adoption, analyze methodological problems, and discuss clinical and assessment issues that commonly arise in work with adoptees and their families.
Adoptive Family Life Cycle
The concept of the family life cycle has been used by theorists to describe the orderly sequence of developmental changes that the family system undergoes over time (Carter & McGoldrick, 1980). This process involves the emergence of unique patterns of family structure and functioning that serve as the focal point for family interaction and contribute to the development and adjustment of family members. In addition to its strong developmental focus, family life cycle theory is inherently contextualistic and based on a interactionist perspective of family life. In other words, it assumes that the family is influenced by the broader sociocultural system within which it exists, and that a dynamic interplay occurs among family members, with parents and childen ...