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1118109120
ISBN-13:
9781118109120
Pub. Date:
06/10/2013
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Wiley
Working with Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions / Edition 1

Working with Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions / Edition 1

by Virginia M. Brabender, April E. Fallon

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Working with Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions / Edition 1

Practical techniques for guiding parents through the stagesof adoption and beyond

"This book makes a significant contribution to both a greaterunderstanding of adoption and its complex dynamic constellations aswell as to serving those who are or come across adoption families,many of whom count on us adoption-informed mental healthprofessionals to clarify and facilitate the challenges theyface."
—From the Foreword by Henri Parens, MD, Professor ofPsychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University, Training and SupervisingAnalyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

"What most people don't know about adoption could fill abook—and this is the book. Finally sorting myth from science,Working with Adoptive Parents will give therapists, andquite a few nonprofessionals considering adoption, the real storyof what it means to make this momentous choice. Better yet, it doesso without letting the data speak in place of the parentsthemselves, in all their fear, doubt, and joy."
—Jesse Green, author of The Velveteen Father: An UnexpectedJourney to Parenthood

Editors Virginia Brabender and April Fallon are clinicalpsychologists and also adoptive parents whose families areacquainted with both the uncertainty and joy of adoption. InWorking with Adoptive Parents, they offer an in-depthtreatment of the distinctive needs, feelings, impulses,expectations, and conflicts that adoptive parents experiencethrough the stages of adoption and beyond. This volume offers acomprehensive picture of adoption through an exploration of theexperiences and developmental processes of the adoptive parent.

Featuring contributions from mental health professionals whosecareers have focused on work with families through the adoptionprocess, this unique book:

  • Covers the theory, research, and practice of adoptive parentingthroughout the life cycle
  • Explores the issues unique to the adoptive mother and adoptivefather as they traverse the stages of parenting
  • Offers a close look at families with special needschildren
  • Acknowledges and explores the great diversity among adoptivefamilies and the kinship networks in which they are embedded
  • Examines attachment issues between adoptive parent andchild

Providing a framework for therapists to conceptualize their workwith adoptive parents, Working with Adoptive Parentsclarifies and facilitates the journey that many of these familiesface.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118109120
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/10/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

VIRGINIA M. BRABENDER, PhD, diplomate in clinicalpsychology (ABPP) and APA Fellow, is a professor at the Institutefor Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is thepast president of the Society for Personality Assessment.

APRIL E. FALLON, PhD, is a member of the psychologyfaculty at Fielding Graduate University and an associate professorin the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College ofMedicine. She has received numerous awards for her teaching ofpsychiatric medical residents and was awarded the 2012 PsychiatricEducator Award by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Editors xxiii

Contributors xxv

Chapter 1 Setting the Stage: The Adoptive Parent in Context1
Virginia M. Brabender and April E. Fallon

Characteristics of Adoptive Parents 2

Serving the Needs of Adoptive Parents 5

History of Adoption 8

Contemporary Controversies 16

Practical Points 20

Conclusions 21

Chapter 2 Theoretical Contributions to the Understanding ofParent-Child Bonding in Adoption 23
April E. Fallon and Barbara L. Goldsmith

Before the Family Becomes a Unit: Daniel Stern and IntrapsychicReorganization 23

The Case of Dora 25

Bowlby and the Importance of Secure Attachment in HealthyDevelopment 26

The Parallel Caregiving System: Contributions of George andSolomon 28

Ego Psychology and the Significance of Adaptation 32

Contributions of D. W. Winnicott 33

Kohut and the Development of Self-Esteem 37

Mentalization: Holding the Adopted Child in Mind 38

Separation-Individuation and the Contributions of MargaretMahler 41

Practical Points 43

Conclusions 44

Chapter 3 Using Research to Inform Best Practices in WorkingWith Adoptive Families 45
Hal S. Shorey, Sanjay R. Nath, and Meridith Carter

The History of Research on Attachment and Parent-ChildInteractions 46

Research on Adoption 50

Attachment-Based Interventions for Use in Adoption 56

The Circle of Security 57

Practical Points 59

Conclusion 59

Chapter 4 The Adoptive Mother 61
Virginia M. Brabender, Amanda Swartz, Mary Winzinger, and AprilE. Fallon

The Eras of Adoptive Motherhood 61

Adolescence 80

Practical Points 84

Conclusion 85

Chapter 5 The Adoptive Father 87
Rao Gogineni and April E. Fallon

Important Role Functions of the Father 87

Becoming and Being an Adoptive Father 92

Practical Points 103

Conclusion 104

Chapter 6 Recognizing Diversity in Adoptive Families105
Virginia M. Brabender, April E. Fallon, Alicia Padovano, andPhil Rutter

Identity Variables Within the Addressing Framework 106

Family Structure 125

Practical Points 127

Conclusion 127

Chapter 7 Adoption of Children With Special Health Care Needs131
S. Ileana Lindstrom, Sonia Voynow, and Bret A. Boyer

Three Approach Classes 132

Comparison to Children in the General Population 134

Disruption of Adoption for Children With SHCN 134

Who Are the Families Who Adopt These Children? 135

Commitment 135

Preparation 137

Coping and Stress 140

Existential Issues 142

Posttraumatic Stress 142

Ambiguous Loss 143

Posttraumatic Growth 144

Marital Satisfaction 145

Practical Points 145

Conclusion 147

Chapter 8 Parenting the Young Child 149
Elaine Frank and Denise Rowe

Ghosts in Adoptive Families 149

Intervention With Adoptive Families: Developmental Guidance,Parent-Child Groups, and Parent-Child Therapy 153

Parenting Cornerstones for Adoptive Families 156

Enhancing the Parent-Child Relationship in Adoptive Families:Developing an Adoption Dialogue 163

Practical Points 168

Conclusion 168

Chapter 9 Adoptive Parenting of Teenagers and Young Adults169
Joseph White

Developmental Themes of Adolescence and Early Adulthood 169

Individuation, Independence, and the Adoptive Parent-ChildRelationship 172

Insights for Parents and Therapists 174

Identity Formation in International, Transcultural, andTransracial Adoptees 177

Practical Points 180

Conclusions 180

Chapter 10 Therapeutic Interventions With Adopted Childrenand Adoptive Parents: A Psychoanalytic Developmental Approach181
Theodore Fallon Jr.

Introduction 181

Development of the Human Mind 181

Therapeutic Intervention in a Psychoanalytic DevelopmentalApproach 182

Parent Problems and Child Problems in the Context of aPsychoanalytic Developmental Approach 182

Intergenerational Transmission of the Human Mind—TheMissing Link 184

Evaluating the Parent-Child Dyad 185

Practical Points 194

Conclusion 194

Chapter 11 Adoptive Parent as Consultant, Educator, andAdvocator 195
Virginia M. Brabender and Toni Whitmore

The Roots of Problems Facing Adoptive Parents 197

Action Implications 200

Practical Points 210

Conclusions 211

Chapter 12 Meeting the Needs of Adoptive Parents: Practice,Training, and Research 213
Patricia G. Ramsey, Virginia M. Brabender, and April E.Fallon

Practice 213

Training 223

Research 228

Practical Points 231

Conclusions 231

References 233

Author Index 271

Subject Index 281

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This book makes a significant contribution to both a greaterunderstanding of adoption and its complex dynamic constellations aswell as to serving those who are or come across adoption families,many of whom count on us adoption-informed mental healthprofessionals to clarify and facilitate the challenges theyface."
From the Foreword by Henri Parens, MD, Professor ofPsychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University, Training & SupervisingAnalyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

"What most people don't know about adoption could fill a book– and this is the book. Finally sorting myth from science,Working with Adoptive Parents will give therapists, and quite a fewnonprofessionals considering adoption, the real story of what itmeans to make this momentous choice. Better yet, it does so withoutletting the data speak in place of the parents themselves, in alltheir fear, doubt, and joy."
Jesse Green, author of The Velveteen Father: AnUnexpected Journey to Parenthood

"With adoption, including those that across internationalboundaries, on the rise, the salutary impact of human kindness aswell the tragic potential for developmental complications hasgreatly increased. Brabender and Fallon, the editors of thiswell-organized volume, are keenly aware of this. They have casttheir net wide and brought together the perspectives of attachmenttheory, empirical research, and clinical experiences to deepen ourunderstanding of the challenges faced by adoptive parents.Conceptually rich and yet unabashedly pragmatic, their bookaddresses the issues of parent-child bonding, the subjectivedilemmas of adoptive mothers, the role of adoptive fathers, andparenting children with special health care needs. Attention isalso given to the specific tasks involving the adoption of veryyoung children as well as to the resurgence of difficulties duringadopted children's adolescence. This wide-ranging discourseconsistently maintains a tone of respect, concern, and sharedhumanity of all of us. A most impressive contribution to theadoption literature indeed!"
Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, JeffersonMedical College, Training and Supervising Analyst, PsychoanalyticCenter of Philadelphia

"This book is a tour de force, a must read for all involved inthe world of adoption.  A comprehensive history of adoption,including current controversies, sets the stage. Every chapter is agem, but contributions on research to inform best practices, therole of the adoptive father, diversity, and adoption of childrenwith special health care needs, help fill significant gaps in theadoption literature. Rich clinical material and the practicalpoints summarized throughout, demonstrate the wisdom of seasonedpractitioners."
Jennifer Bonovitz, PhD, Supervising and TrainingAnalyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

"This volume is a major contribution to our understanding ofadoptive parenting. The book is thorough, full of helpful insights,case studies, and perspectives on the complicated dance involvedfor adoptive parents and their children. The portrait of adoptiveparenting is both hopeful and realistic, and is framed withthoughtful attention to what we actually know from carefulresearch. This book should be a helpful guide and resource for bothmental health professionals and adoptive parents."
Sam Osherson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, FieldingGraduate University, Cambridge, MA

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