ERIC Number: ED162748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Outcome of Black Children--White Parents Transracial Adoptions.
Zastrow, Charles H.
This dissertation aims to identify the specific satisfactions derived and difficulties encountered by white parents who adopted a preschool-aged Black child, and to assess the overall outcome of white couples-black children adoptions. Two groups; a group of 82 white parents who adopted a Black child, and a matched comparison group of white parents who adopted a child of their own race, were formed. Data were obtained through family interviews and from adoption records. Specific interview questions addressed satisfactions and difficulties of parents, reactions of friends and strangers, anticipations of future problems, and suggestions for improvement of adoption procedures. Results indicate that transracial placements are as successful, in terms of parents' satisfaction with their adoptive experience, as intraracial placements. A review of prior studies of the characteristics of adoptive families is included. Interview forms for both groups of parents are appended. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Adoption, Blacks, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Racial Attitudes, Racial Relations, Whites
R & E Research Associates, Inc., 936 Industrial Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94303 (Paper, $10.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: R and E Research Associates, Inc., San Francisco, CA.