Female adoptees' perceptions of contact with their birth fathers: satisfactions and dissatisfactions with the process

Passmore, Nola L. and Chipuer, Heather M. (2009) Female adoptees' perceptions of contact with their birth fathers: satisfactions and dissatisfactions with the process. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79 (1). pp. 93-102. ISSN 0002-9432

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Qualitative data were analyzed to identify factors associated with adoptees’ satisfactions or dissatisfactions in their contact experiences with their birthfathers. Participants were 17 women who had been adopted prior to two years of age and had subsequently met their birthfathers. All women completed a questionnaire and seven also took part in a semi-structured interview. Four main themes were identified that affected satisfaction with contact: birthfathers’ attributes and behavior, adoptees’ attributes (e.g., expectations), behavior of others (e.g., birthmother, birthfather’s family, and adoptive parents), and circumstances of the conception and relinquishment. The implications of these findings for members of the adoption triangle and those providing post-adoption services are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (APA). Copyright APA. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Depositing User: Dr Nola Passmore
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2009 01:40
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2014 05:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: adoptees; adoption; birthfathers; birth fathers; birthparents; birth parents; reunion; family contact
Fields of Research (FoR): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1037/a0014954
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5158

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