ERIC Number: ED115396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Adoption: Three Alternatives. A Comparative Study of Three Alternative Forms of Adoptive Placement.
Shireman, Joan F.; Johnson, Penny R.
This descriptive report covers the first phase of a 20-year longitudinal study of black children adopted under 3 years of age by black couples, white couples, and single persons. The sample of three groups of approximately equal size was selected from the adoptive placements of two private child welfare agencies between June 1970 and June 1972. The longitudinal study will be an assessment of the family's capacity to form close relationships and handle stress. The material presented in the first phase report was gathered from case records and interviews before, immediately after and two months after placement. Descriptions of the applicants, the children they adopted, and their early adjustment as a family are included. Interesting differences among the experimental groups are revealed in this report. For the most part, the children in the study have had few problems and seem to be developing well. Children and families with problems are described. Statistics on interview-item reliability are given. (ED)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Elizabeth McCormick Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Child Care Society, IL.