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Adoption : Uncharted Waters: A Psychologist's Case Studies... Clinical and Forensic Issues
     

Adoption : Uncharted Waters: A Psychologist's Case Studies... Clinical and Forensic Issues

by David Kirschner
 
Adoption: Uncharted Waters examines adoption issues of abandonment, loss, attachment, bonding, birth-parent fantasies & split identity; as reflected in the Adopted Child Syndrome (ACS) and evidenced in extreme cases of adoptees who commit acts of homicide. Clinical and forensic issues in adoption are explored in high-profile cases.

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Overview

Adoption: Uncharted Waters examines adoption issues of abandonment, loss, attachment, bonding, birth-parent fantasies & split identity; as reflected in the Adopted Child Syndrome (ACS) and evidenced in extreme cases of adoptees who commit acts of homicide. Clinical and forensic issues in adoption are explored in high-profile cases.

This book offers:
- Case studies and first person interviews with infamous adoptees such as Joel Rifkin (L.I. serial killer), Steve Catlin (poisoner of two wives and his adopted mother), David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), and Jeremy Strohmeyer (Las Vegas Casino killer).
- The escapism of a true crime, court TV narrative - with the virtue of having a vigorous intellectual and moral work-out.
- Fascinating, invaluable insights into the inner world of the adopted person.
- Signs and symptoms of the Adopted Child Syndrome (ACS), and how to treat and prevent it.
- Practical advice for adoptees, parents and therapists when dealing with adoption issues.

Editorial Reviews

Adoption Today Magazine
A must read. I found the book interesting, intriguing and well-supported by well-known members of the adoption community.

Child Welfare Report
The author has treated hundreds of adoptees, provided forensic testimony in high-profile cases, and is credited with identifying ACS.

Fostering Families Today Magazine
Kirschner brings attention to the concept of Adopted Child Syndrome, which is bred through lies and fantasies about birth parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970288332
Publisher:
Juneau Press
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are Saying About This

Betty Jean Lifton
"A courageous, ground breaking book. . . As Kirschner - who has treated hundreds of adoptees - says in this work, only by understanding the why of these cases can we effectively treat and prevent such tragedies in the future."--(Betty Jean Lifton, PhD., Adoption counsellor and author of Journey of the Adopted Self: A quest for Wholeness)
Nancy Verrier
"David Kirschner has forged a courageous path into a little-known phenomenon, that of the overrepresentation of adoptees as parricides and serial killers."--(Nancy Verrier, MFT, psychotherapist and author of The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child)

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