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 6: Adoptive Identity: How Contexts within and beyond theFamily Shape Developmental Pathways

Adoptive Identity: How Contexts within and beyond theFamily Shape Developmental Pathways

Adoptive identity: How contexts within and beyond the family shapedevelopmental pathways

AUTHORs' NOTE: The authors wish to acknowledge theNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National ScienceFoundation, William T. Grant Foundation, and Minnesota Agricultural ExperimentStation for research support during the time this chapter was prepared. Theauthors also thank Ruth G. McRoy, Co-principal Investigator on theMinnesota/Texas Adoption Research Project. The authors especially thank theadolescents who participated in their research and whose reflections andinsights have taught them a great deal about identity development. All casestudies in the chapter were drawn from interviews conducted with adolescentsparticipating in Wave II of the Minnesota-Texas Adoption Research Project, theirlongitudinal research project on openness in adoption. Unless otherwise stated,all names and ...

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