Bridging the Divide: Openness in Adoption and Postadoption Psychosocial Adjustment Among Birth and Adoptive Parents

Xiaojia Ge, Misaki N. Natsuaki, David M. Martin, Leslie D. Leve, Jenae Marie Neiderhiser, Daniel S. Shaw, Georgette Villareal, Laura Scaramella, John B. Reid, David Reiss

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Abstract

Using 323 matched parties of birth mothers and adoptive parents, this study examined the association between the degree of adoption openness (e.g., contact and knowledge between parties) and birth and adoptive parents' postadoption adjustment shortly after the adoption placement (6 to 9 months). Data from birth fathers (N = 112), an understudied sample, were also explored. Openness was assessed by multiple informants. Results indicated that openness was significantly related to satisfaction with adoption process among adoptive parents and birth mothers. Increased openness was positively associated with birth mothers' postplacement adjustment, as indexed by birth mothers' self-reports and the interviewers' impression of birth mothers' adjustment. Birth fathers' report of openness was associated with their greater satisfaction with the adoption process and better postadoption adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-540
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

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Ge, Xiaojia ; Natsuaki, Misaki N. ; Martin, David M. ; Leve, Leslie D. ; Neiderhiser, Jenae Marie ; Shaw, Daniel S. ; Villareal, Georgette ; Scaramella, Laura ; Reid, John B. ; Reiss, David. / Bridging the Divide : Openness in Adoption and Postadoption Psychosocial Adjustment Among Birth and Adoptive Parents. In: Journal of Family Psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 529-540.
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Ge, X, Natsuaki, MN, Martin, DM, Leve, LD, Neiderhiser, JM, Shaw, DS, Villareal, G, Scaramella, L, Reid, JB & Reiss, D 2008, 'Bridging the Divide: Openness in Adoption and Postadoption Psychosocial Adjustment Among Birth and Adoptive Parents', Journal of Family Psychology, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 529-540. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0012817

Bridging the Divide : Openness in Adoption and Postadoption Psychosocial Adjustment Among Birth and Adoptive Parents. / Ge, Xiaojia; Natsuaki, Misaki N.; Martin, David M.; Leve, Leslie D.; Neiderhiser, Jenae Marie; Shaw, Daniel S.; Villareal, Georgette; Scaramella, Laura; Reid, John B.; Reiss, David.

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