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Adoption, Family Ideology, and Social Stigma: Bias in Community Attitudes, Adoption Research, and Practice

Katarina Wegar
Family Relations
Vol. 49, No. 4 (Oct., 2000), pp. 363-370
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585831
Page Count: 8
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Adoption, Family Ideology, and Social Stigma: Bias in Community Attitudes, Adoption Research, and Practice
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Abstract

This article explores the impact of the dominant North American genetic family ideal on community attitudes toward adoption, on adoption research, and on the beliefs and attitudes of adoption case workers. It examines how the failure to recognize the stigmatized social position of adoptive families has shaped not only current public opinion about adoption, but adoption research and practice as well. In conclusion, the article offers suggestions for erasing negative bias from adoption research and practice.

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