Patterns of Adoption: Nature, Nurture and Psychosocial Development

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With recent changes in the variety of children needing adoption, issues about adoption have become more complex. As older and more disturbed children are being placed for adoption, the demands these children make on post-adoption workers and parents are considerable. This text takes a broad sweep of the major research and theoretical perspectives on adoption by reviewing the work of several disciplines within psychology, sociology and social work. The book gives readers a broad understanding on the development of...

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Overview

With recent changes in the variety of children needing adoption, issues about adoption have become more complex. As older and more disturbed children are being placed for adoption, the demands these children make on post-adoption workers and parents are considerable. This text takes a broad sweep of the major research and theoretical perspectives on adoption by reviewing the work of several disciplines within psychology, sociology and social work. The book gives readers a broad understanding on the development of children before, during and after they are adopted.

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“An easy-to-read book which covers a broad range of research on the social and psychological development of adopted children…likely to be particularly helpful to both parents and workers. It is therefore recommended reading.”
Children Australia
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Explores current understandings of the issues surrounding adoption with a focus upon social, behavioral and personality development. Fifteen chapters analyze the wide range of research and theoretical perspectives and discuss topics including nature and nurture; heredity and environmental influences on children adopted as babies and on older children placed for adoption; attachment, relationship-based theories, and adoption pathways; secure, anxious, angry, avoidant, and non-attached patterns; adoption outcomes; and patterns of practice. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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David Howe is Head of School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

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Table of Contents

Nature and nurture; outcomes studies of children adopted as babies; children adopted as babies: genetic influences; children adopted as babies: environmental influences; outcome studies of older children placed for adoption; older children placed for adoption: pre-placement environmental influences; older children placed for adoption: post-placement environmental influences; heredity, environment and adoption; attachment, relationship-based theories and adoption pathways; secure patterns; anxious patterns; angry patterns; avoidant patterns; nonattached patterns; patterns of practice

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