Openness in Adoption, Knowledge of Birthparent Information, and Adoptive Family Adjustment

Tom Hollenstein, Leslie D. Leve, Laura V. Scaramella, Roline Milfort, Jenae M. Neiderhiser

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Ninety families with a non-relative, adopted infant were assessed shortly after placement (Time 1) and approximately 18 months later (Time 2). The results indicated that over two thirds of the adoptive parents did not desire to change the level of openness in their adoption at Time 2, and the desire to change the level of openness was unrelated to the current level of openness. Parents who wished to change the level of openness were more likely to report a lack of marital happiness, depression, difficulty in raising the child, and a desire for more information about the birthfather. Adoptive parents reported that the information they had about the birthparents positively influenced their perceptions of the birthparents. Implications for practitioners are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 5 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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