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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 and Fostering, 32, (1), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2008


Local EPrints ID: 54854
ISSN: 0308-5759
PURE UUID: 35634095-5162-4012-8ef8-1b4a8b594442
ORCID for Jana Kreppner: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:34

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Author: Celia Beckett
Author: Jenny Castle
Author: Christine Groothues
Author: Amanda Hawkins
Author: Edmund Sonuga-Barke
Author: Emma Colvert
Author: Jana Kreppner ORCID iD
Author: Suzanne Stevens
Author: M Rutter

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