ERIC Number: ED156335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Where Have All the Children Gone? The Adoption Market Today.
This paper examines adoption statistics from 1969 through 1975 and suggests that two factors contribute to the decline in the number of children adopted during the 1970s: (1) the increased availability of abortion, and (2) the growing propensity of unwed mothers to keep their children. Changes in the pattern of all adoptions, in the number of illegitimate children adopted, and in the type of persons adopting them are analyzed. Adoptions by relatives have remained constant and currently represent the majority of total adoptions. Social-psychological correlates of unwed mothers who keep their babies indicate that major predictors of that decision are low socioeconomic status, little education, religion, older age and an insecure psychological profile. It is recommended that the advantages of adoption to the child be stressed to young women who face the dilemma of unwed pregnancy, so that they may make more realistic and responsible decisions. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.