Location

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Event Website

http://psych.umass.edu/ruddchair/annualconference/

Start Date

11-4-2014 12:30 PM

End Date

11-4-2014 1:45 PM

Description

This purpose of this study was to learn how transracial adoptees (TRAs) feel about transracial adoption. Ninety-five adult Korean-born adoptees (73 female and 22 male) responded to open-ended questions about the positive and negative aspects of being transracially adopted. More adoptees felt generally positive than negative, but most had mixed feelings. Positive aspects most often cited included: being a part of two cultures; developing personal awareness, open-mindedness, and deeper understandings; and being unique. Common negative aspects included isolation from one’s adoptive and birth families and cultures; the burden of dealing with others’ assumptions and questions about transracial adoption; and identity fragmentation.

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Apr 11th, 12:30 PM Apr 11th, 1:45 PM

Positive and Negative Aspects of Transracial Adoption: An Exploratory Study from Korean Transracial Adoptees' Perspectives

University of Massachusetts Amherst

This purpose of this study was to learn how transracial adoptees (TRAs) feel about transracial adoption. Ninety-five adult Korean-born adoptees (73 female and 22 male) responded to open-ended questions about the positive and negative aspects of being transracially adopted. More adoptees felt generally positive than negative, but most had mixed feelings. Positive aspects most often cited included: being a part of two cultures; developing personal awareness, open-mindedness, and deeper understandings; and being unique. Common negative aspects included isolation from one’s adoptive and birth families and cultures; the burden of dealing with others’ assumptions and questions about transracial adoption; and identity fragmentation.

http://scholarworks.umass.edu/rudd_conf/2014/posters/1