Foulstone, Alexis R. and Feeney, Judith A. and Passmore, Nola L. (2005) Adoption, adult attachment security, and relationship outcomes. In: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 12-13 Nov 2005, Melbourne, Australia.
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Despite reports that adopted persons are destined for poor psychological and relational adjustment, this conclusion remains controversial. Previous research on this topic has been inconclusive, and has failed to provide a complex assessment of the predictors of adjustment. For instance, whether attachment security plays a key role in later relationship outcomes remains unresolved. This paper presents the results of a longitudinal study of adults who were adopted as infants, and a comparison sample of adults who grew up with both biological parents. Two research questions were addressed: differences in attachment security between the two samples, and the predictive relations between initial attachment scales and relationship variables (e.g., risk in intimacy, loneliness) assessed at follow-up. Attachment profiles at Time 1 indicated less security in the adopted sample than the comparison sample, and these differences were maintained at follow-up. However, adoptees who had not searched for birth relatives did not differ from the comparison sample. Although adoption status (adopted/comparison) was an important predictor of some relationship variables, it became less influential when attachment measures were included. Discussion focused on the complex factors that influence attachment security, and the need for in-depth study of the relational experiences of adopted people.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Awaiting Author version of paper, which may be deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: 'This is an electronic version of an article published in Bowles, Terry (Ed.) (2005). Proceedings of the APS Psychology of Relationships Interest Group 5th Annual Conference (pp. 66-70). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||adoptees; security; relationships; attachment|
|Subjects:||380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences > 380100 Psychology > 380105 Social and Community Psychology
380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences > 380100 Psychology > 380104 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
|Depositing User:||epEditor USQ|
|Date Deposited:||10 Nov 2010 04:58|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 22:34|
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