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.

Theoretica Issues in Adoption: Preface
Theoretica issues in adoption: Preface

In this part, we invite the readers to venture into the most basic andfundamental issues affecting the adopted individual from the very beginning ofhis or her developmental trajectory and into adulthood. These are issues ofidentity formation, self-definition, and the like and how the adoptionexperience shapes the final resolution of these challenges. This is particularlyimportant in cases in which the adopted individual must also incorporatecultural, racial, and ethnic qualities into his or her final identity. To guidethe exploration of these issues, we have included the work of Michael McGinn,Harold Grotevant and associates, and Amanda Baden and Robbie Steward.

McGinn's contribution, “Developmental Challenges for AdopteesAcross the Life Cycle” (Chapter 5), includes acomprehensive discussion on attachment and “attachment derailment”and the ...

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