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Theorising the racial identity development of transracial adoptees: a symbolic interactionist perspective

Patel, T 2007, 'Theorising the racial identity development of transracial adoptees: a symbolic interactionist perspective' , Adoption and Fostering, 31 (2) , pp. 32-43.

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In using the symbolic interactionist perspective, findings from an empirically informed British study carried out from 2000 to 2003, into the racial identity development of a small sample of adults who were transracially adopted as children is presented. Analysis is given of the ways in which to varying degrees, the adoptees experienced a number of difficulties, tied to (i) racial differences with the adoptive family; (ii) the racialised questions and categorisations of others; and, (iii) inclusion and exclusion issues with birth and adoptive heritages. The study also highlights the way in which adoptees had understood and negotiated these difficulties in order to emerge with a particular type of racial identity which incorporated both parts of their birth and adoptive heritages and best represented how the adoptees saw themselves, and their pursuit of a positive sense of self. Using these findings, a number of best practice recommendations are then offered.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Journal or Publication Title: Adoption and Fostering
Publisher: British Association of Adoption & Fostering
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0308-5759
Depositing User: TG Patel
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 13:00
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:15

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