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Farr, Rachel H.; Grant-Marsney, Holly A.; Musante, Danila S.; Grotevant, Harold D.; Wrobel, Gretchen Miller – Journal of Adolescent Research, 2014
While openness in adoption has become more common in the United States, little research has examined contact between birth and adoptive families as adoptees become adults. Using quantitative and qualitative data from 167 emerging adult adoptees, factors characterizing contact (e.g., type, frequency, with whom), satisfaction with contact, and the…
Descriptors: Adoption, Adults, Family (Sociological Unit), Interpersonal Communication
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Wrobel, Gretchen Miller; Grotevant, Harold D.; McRoy, Ruth G. – Journal of Adolescent Research, 2004
The decision to search for birthparents is one that all adopted persons consider. The focus of this study is to describe, for a group of adopted adolescents, who chooses to search and who does not and to explore how search behavior is related to the functioning of the adolescents' adoptive families and adolescents' psychological adjustment.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adoption, Parents, Family Relationship
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Grotevant, Harold D.; Ross, Nicole M.; Marchel, Mary Ann; McRoy, Ruth G. – Journal of Adolescent Research, 1999
Examined links between early risk and problematic developmental outcomes in adopted children during middle childhood. Found no direct relation between prenatal, perinatal, or preplacement risk factors and problematic socioemotional adjustment. With 12 high-risk children, proactive cooperation among the child's adoptive and birth family members on…
Descriptors: Adopted Children, Adoption, Adoptive Parents, At Risk Persons
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Grotevant, Harold D.; Wrobel, Gretchen Miller; van Dulmen, Manfred H.; McRoy, Ruth G. – Journal of Adolescent Research, 2001
Examined psychosocial engagement of adopted adolescents as a function of longitudinal patterns of stability and change in parents' perceptions of the child's compatibility within the family. Identified five patterns of stability and change in compatibility. Found that a sense of compatibility within the family is related to the emergence of…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adopted Children, Adoption, Adoptive Parents