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Benson, Janel E.; Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick – Journal of Family Issues, 2009
This study examines the links between adolescent family context and coming to see oneself as an adult. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the authors investigate how adolescent family structure, resources, and processes together influence adult identity and whether they do so similarly for men and women. The…
Descriptors: Family Structure, Parent Child Relationship, Family Characteristics, Family Influence
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Schwartz, Seth J.; Finley, Gordon E. – Journal of Family Issues, 2006
The present study was conducted to investigate differences in nurturant fathering, father involvement, and young adult psychosocial functioning among small samples of three nontraditional family forms. A total of 168 young-adult university students from three family forms (27 adoptive, 22 adoptive stepfather, 119 nonadoptive stepfather) completed…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Fathers, Adoption, Parent Child Relationship
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Zhang, Weiguo – Journal of Family Issues, 2006
Based on qualitative information from in-depth interviews and quantitative data from a survey of 425 adoptive families conducted in summer 2001 in rural China, this study attempts to explain the social and demographic patterns of adoption and investigate the roles of the State and families in adoption processes in contemporary rural China. Within…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adoption, Children, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Thomas, Kristy A.; Tessler, Richard C. – Journal of Family Issues, 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…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Socialization, Social Networks, Racial Composition
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Quiroz, Pamela Anne – Journal of Family Issues, 2012
The discursive practices of adoptive parents in two online transnational adoption forums (2006-2008) and observations of five international adoption workshops suggest that what Heather Jacobson described as "culture keeping", the cultural socialization of children that retains a sense of native group identity, is more aptly characterized as…
Descriptors: Adoption, Parents, Children, Tourism
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Zhang, Yuanting; Lee, Gary R. – Journal of Family Issues, 2011
The United States is one of the major baby-receiving countries in the world. Relatively little research has focused on why there is such a high demand for intercountry adoption. Using in-depth qualitative interviews with adoptive parents, the authors explored the reasons why Americans prefer to adopt foreign-born children instead of adopting…
Descriptors: African American Children, Race, Placement, Supply and Demand
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Henderson, Tammy L. – Journal of Family Issues, 2005
The author examined 65 cases in which grandparents successfully acquired court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren to understand how courts shape family development and how social scientists might support families who are engaged in legal disputes. Using grounded theory methods, two categories explained grandparents' success at acquiring…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Social Scientists, Social Sciences, Parent Rights
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Miall, Charlene E.; March, Karen – Journal of Family Issues, 2005
In this article, community assessments of support for three levels of open adoption are examined, including two types of mediated adoption, fully disclosed adoption, and confidential adoption. Combining telephone survey data from a Canada-wide random sample of 706 respondents with 82 qualitative interviews, the authors report on community…
Descriptors: Telephone Surveys, Adoption, Parents, Foreign Countries
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Schwebel, Andrew I.; And Others – Journal of Family Issues, 1991
Tested whether there is social consensus about how stepparents should and will parent and whether stepparent roles are perceived as similar to biological and adoptive parent roles. College students (n=240) thought that stepparents were less obligated and less likely than biological and adoptive parents to engage in supportive parental behaviors…
Descriptors: Adoption, College Students, Higher Education, Parent Role
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Mainemer, Henry; Gilman, Lorraine C.; Ames, Elinor W. – Journal of Family Issues, 1998
Parenting stress was found to be greater in families that adopted children who had been institutionalized for eight months or more in a Romanian orphanage than those in two comparison groups. Aspects of child behavior and family factors which contributed to stress, and implications for special needs adoptions are discussed. (Author/EMK)
Descriptors: Adopted Children, Adoptive Parents, Behavior Problems, Family Characteristics