Depression, emotional arousability, and perceptions of parenting in adult adoptees and non-adoptees

Passmore, Nola L. and Feeney, Judith A. and Peterson, Candida C. and Shimmaki, Kumiyo (2006) Depression, emotional arousability, and perceptions of parenting in adult adoptees and non-adoptees. Adoption Quarterly, 9 (2/3). pp. 23-35. ISSN 1092-6755

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Adult adoptees (n = 144) and non-adoptees (n = 131) were surveyed in order to investigate (1) the relative contributions of adoptive status and parental variables to measures of adjustment, and (2) possible differences between searching and non-searching adoptees. Parental variables were more important than adoptive status in predicting depression, though adoptive status and perceptions of parenting were both significant predictors of emotional arousability. Searchers reported lower levels of parental care, acceptance, and supervision than nonsearchers. However, there was also variability among searchers depending on their motives for searching. Implications for counseling are discussed, particularly in relation to the diversity among adoptees.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:56
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: adjustment; adoptees; adoption; adoptive parents; depression; emotional arousability; family; parenting
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160301 Family and Household Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1300/J145v09n02_02

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