The experience of adoption (2): the association between communicative openness and self-esteem in adoption

Beckett, Celia, Castle, Jenny, Groothues, Christine, Hawkins, Amanda, Sonuga-Barke, Edmund, Colvert, Emma, Kreppner, Jana, Stevens, Suzanne and Rutter, M (2008) The experience of adoption (2): the association between communicative openness and self-esteem in adoption. Adoption & Fostering Journal, 32, (1), 29-39.


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A study of the views of two groups of 11-year-old adopted children (one adopted as babies within the UK, n = 47, the other adopted from Romania, aged between two and 43 months, n = 133) indicates that parents underestimate the difficulty that their children have in talking about adoption. Children who found this harder experienced lower self-esteem at age 11 and were also more likely to feel different from their adoptive families, and both these factors were related to the individual child's level of behavioural or cognitive difficulties. Children in the Romanian sample who had another adopted sibling found it easier to talk about their adoption. In summary, the ease with which children can talk about adoption does appear to be associated with higher self-esteem and the individual child's difficulties, as well as family composition. This article by Celia Beckett, Jenny Castle, Christine Groothues, Amanda Hawkins, Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Emma Colvert, Jana Kreppner, Suzanne Stevens and Michael Rutter follows 'The experience of adoption (1)' (Hawkins et al, 2007), which explored intercountry and domestic adoption from the child's point of view.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0308-5759 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology
ePrint ID: 54854
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Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:34

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