Adult Adoptees as partners and parents: the joint task of revisiting the adoption history

Authors:
GRECO Ondina, ROSNATI Rosa, FERRARI Laura
Journal article citation:
Adoption Quarterly, 18(1), 2015, pp.25-44.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia

Adoption is unanimously considered a lifelong process, but adulthood and parenthood are life cycle stages that up to now have been explored only marginally. The principal aim of the present study is twofold: first, to analyse whether and how parenthood might lead the adoptee and his/her partner to reinterpret the adoption history and, second, to verify whether the attitudes of the two partners concerning adoption are similar or complementary. Thirty-four couples consisting of one adopted and one non-adopted partner, now parents, were interviewed and a graphic instrument, the Double Moon Test, was administered. Results revealed that most couples showed a shared attitude in valorising both the origin background and the adoptive family. However, in a number of cases a divergent position emerged, highlighting the crucial role of the non-adopted partner in encouraging the adoptee to revisit his/her adoption history. Overall, the practical relevance of the research findings is discussed and future direction of research are suggested. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
adults, adoption, parents, adopted people, attitudes, family relations, birth families;
Content type:
research
Location(s):
Italy
Link:
Journal home page
ISSN online:
1544-452X
ISSN print:
1092-6755

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