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Perception of Adoption as Social Stigma: Motivation for Search and Reunion
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 57, No. 3 (Aug., 1995), pp. 653-660
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353920
Page Count: 8
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This article examines the link between adoption reunion and perception of adoption as social stigma. That link emerges from the accounts of 60 reunited adult adoptees who responded to an open-ended interview questionnaire on reunion outcome. The respondents reported discrimination from others who questioned their unknown biological kinship ties. Their perception of self as more socially acceptable after reunion correlates with their view of their adoptive status as social stigma. The article concludes with a recommendation for further examination of adoptive status as a major factor in adoption, search, and reunion outcome.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1995 National Council on Family Relations