The Transracial Adoption Paradox: History, Research, and Counseling Implications of Cultural Socialization

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Abstract

The number of transracial adoptions in the United States, particularly international adoptions, is increasing annually. Counseling psychology as a profession, however, is a relatively silent voice in the research on and practice of transracial adoption. This article presents an overview of the history and research on transracial adoption to inform counseling psychologists of the set of racial and ethnic challenges and opportunities that transracial adoptive families face in everyday living. Particular attention is given to emergent theory and research on the cultural socialization process within these families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-744
Number of pages34
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003

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