ERIC Number: EJ844673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Predicting Non-African American Lesbian and Heterosexual Preadoptive Couples' Openness to Adopting an African American Child
Goldberg, Abbie E.; Smith, JuliAnna Z.
Family Relations, v58 n3 p346-360 Jul 2009
Despite increases in transracial adoption, African American children remain the least likely to be adopted. No research has examined the factors that predict prospective adopters' willingness to adopt an African American child. This study used multilevel modeling to examine predictors of willingness to adopt an African American child in a sample of 48 lesbian couples and 65 heterosexual couples. Individuals pursuing public adoption were more willing than those pursuing private domestic adoption, and heterosexuals pursuing international adoption were more willing than heterosexuals pursuing private domestic adoption. In addition, younger persons, White persons (rather than non-African American racial minorities), lesbians, and individuals who perceived their neighborhoods as more diverse were more likely to be willing to adopt an African American child.
Descriptors: Racial Factors, Predictor Variables, Sexuality, Age Differences, Racial Differences, Minority Groups, Females, Cultural Pluralism, African American Children, Neighborhoods, Adoption, Whites, Homosexuality
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