Passmore, Nola L. and Fogarty, Gerard J. and Bourke, Carolyn J. and Baker-Evans, Sandra F. (2005) Parental bonding and identity style as correlates of self-esteem among adult adoptees and nonadoptees. Family Relations, 54 (4). pp. 523-534. ISSN 0197-6664
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2005.00338.x
Adult adoptees (n equals 100) and non-adoptees (n equals 100) were compared with regard to selfesteem, identity processing style, and parental bonding. While some differences were found with regard to self-esteem, maternal care, and maternal overprotection, these differences were qualified by reunion status such that only reunited adoptees differed significantly from nonadoptees. Moreover, hierarchical regression analyses indicated that parental bonding and identity processing style were more important than adoptive status per se in predicting self esteem. Implications for practitioners who work with adoptees are discussed.
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