publication . Article . 2012

Redefining family relationships following adoption : adoptive parents' perspectives on the changing nature of kinship between adoptees and birth relatives

Christine Jones; Simon Hackett;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2012
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Contemporary child adoption in the UK and USA has been conceptualised as an extended kinship network of adopted children, birth relatives and adopters (Reitz and Watson, 1992; Grotevant and McRoy, 1998). This contrasts sharply with the traditional model of adoption as a form of family substitution. Yet, such a reconceptualisation raises many questions about the meaning of kinship for those involved. This paper draws on data from a series of biographical interviews with twenty-two parents who adopted children within the UK over a twenty-four-year period in order to explore post adoption ‘family relationships’ from the perspective of adoptive parents. It develops ...
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free text keywords: HV, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Health(social science), Adoption, Openess, Kinship., Post adoption, Openness to experience, Watson, Kinship, Family life, Psychology, Developmental psychology, Family relationship, Social psychology
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