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.
|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|
|Depositing User:||TG Patel|
|Date Deposited:||20 Oct 2011 14:00|
|Last Modified:||20 Aug 2013 18:15|
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