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Adult Adoptees and Their Friends: Current Functioning and Psychosocial Well-Being

L. DiAnne Borders, Judith M. Penny and Francie Portnoy
Family Relations
Vol. 49, No. 4 (Oct., 2000), pp. 407-418
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585836
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Abstract

Adoptees (n = 100) and a matched group of their friends completed measures of psychosocial well-being thought particularly salient for adult adoptees. Results indicated more similarities (life satisfaction, life regrets, purpose in life, intimacy, substance abuse) than differences (connectedness, depression, self-esteem) between the two groups. Adoptees expressed stronger regrets about 75 general than adopted-related issues. Follow-up analyses suggested greater variability within the adoptee than the friend group on several variables; search status helped explain this greater variability.

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