Predictors of Psychological Functioning and Adoption Experience in Adults Searching for Their Birthparents


Journal Article

The present study examined potential predictors of psychological functioning and adoption experience in adults who had either already met or were in the process of meeting their birthparents. A sample (n = 345) of adults was surveyed with questions targeting a variety of psychological, structural, and sociodemographic variables. The results showed that adoption experience and psychological functioning were closely interrelated. Furthermore, different variables predicted different aspects of psychological functioning and adoption experience and provided clues towards understanding differential functioning in persons who were adopted. Psychological similarity to adoptive parents contributed significantly to the prediction of the quality of attachment relationships. It is suggested that future research may benefit from targeting variables that influence variability in adoption adjustment. © 2002 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miiller, U; Gibbs, P; Ariely, SG

Published Date

  • March 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 53

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1544-452X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1092-6755

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1300/J145v05n03_03

Citation Source

  • Scopus