Adoptive identity: How contexts within and beyond the family shape developmental pathways

Harold D Grotevant, Nora Dunbar, Julie K. Kohler, Amy M.Lash Esau

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Abstract

The focus of this paper is adoptive identity, the sense of who one is as an adopted person. The paper first considers how identity has been shaped by recent social changes, and then explores the meaning of adoptive identity and its developmental course. Three contexts of development are examined: intrapsychic, the family environment, and contexts beyond the family, including relationships with friends, connection to community, and culture. Implications for professionals who work with adopted persons and for needed research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-387
Number of pages9
JournalFamily relations
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2000

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Adoption
  • Family
  • Identity
  • Relationships

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