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ERIC Number: EJ771913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 31
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Bicultural Socialization among Adoptive Families : Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way
Thomas, Kristy A.; Tessler, Richard C.
Journal of Family Issues, v28 n9 p1189-1219 2007
Although bicultural competence has been viewed as an advantage for immigrants and other ethnic minorities in American society, we do not know whether bicultural socialization is similarly advantageous for children in families formed through international, transracial adoption. This study examines what factors enable adoptive Chinese children to achieve modest levels of bicultural competence. The data are from a longitudinal survey of parents who adopted children from China in the 1990s. Results indicate that parental attitudes toward bicultural socialization, parental social networks of Chinese adults, and the racial composition of the community all affect children's levels of Chinese cultural competence, while documenting how bicultural socialization can occur even when parents and children do not share a common birth culture. The implications of the findings for adoption agencies and professionals are also discussed, as well as the need for future research as the first cohorts of children adopted from China become adolescents. (Contains 4 tables and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China