ERIC Number: ED039018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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A Followup Study of Adoptions: Post-Placement Functioning of Adoption Families.
Lawder, Elizabeth A.; And Others
This volume reports on the final phase of a research project to study the effects of adoption on parental, child, and family functioning. To provide a background for the study, the development of adoption in the United States and the theory and practice of adoption are discussed. The study asked three questions: (1) How adequately do adoptive couples adjust to the responsibilities of parenthood following completion of adoption? (2) What information about the adoptive parents and children, that can be obtained before the completion of the adoption, is predictive of how the family will later function? and (3) What are the developmental patterns of adopted children? A questionnaire was completed by 556 adoptive families, and 200 of the families were later interviewed. Analysis of the findings was made and these are reported in detail. Case illustrations of adoptive families lend substance and perspective to the reported findings by describing both superior and poor family functioning. A section of the book discusses the implications of the research findings for adoption practices. Appendixes include the questionnaire and interview schedules and analysis of the data. (DR)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adopted Children, Adoption, Case Studies, Child Development, Family Characteristics, Family Relationship, Foster Family, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Research Methodology
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., 44 East 23rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10010 ($4.00)
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Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., New York, NY.