ERIC Number: ED418803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Older-Child Adoption and the New Parents' Marriage: Interviews with Parents.
This study examines changes in parents' marriages following older-child adoption, using in-depth interviews with seven couples prior to and following placement. The interviews indicated that parents' experiences followed similar patterns. Children's acting-out behavior and their ability to exploit parents' vulnerabilities placed stress on the marriages. The need to accommodate children's needs meant reduced time for the couple relationship and increased focus on the parent relationship. Findings also indicated that social supports permitting down time enhanced the marriage. Post-adoption marital satisfaction was also associated with fulfillment of pre-placement expectations of the spouse concerning housework and child care. Adoption emphasized both strengths and weaknesses of relationships. The findings posed implications for adoption agency practice, including: questions for the couple relationship; considerations of the time factor in new parenthood; and the nature of the couple's support systems. (Contains 33 references.) (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adoption of Older Children
Note: Earlier version of a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the North American Council of Adoptable Children (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 1996).