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Albert Lo
Harold Grotevant
Ruth McRoy

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13-5-2016 8:00 AM

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There is currently a focus in adoption research on the processes that influence adoption-related adjustment (Palacios & Brodzinsky, 2011). To examine these processes, it is necessary to study the adoption network as a whole. This may include adoptive families and birth families. Research with all types of families introduces a number of ethical considerations (Margolin et al., 2005). There may be unique privacy and confidentiality concerns when working with families in the adoption network. The purpose of the current study is to outline privacy and confidentiality issues that arise when working with the adoption network. we also provide examples of how to address these issues using procedures from the Minnesota/Texas Adoption Research Project.

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May 13th, 8:00 AM

Privacy and Confidentiality in Adoption Research: Perspectives from the Minnesota/Texas Adoption Research Project

There is currently a focus in adoption research on the processes that influence adoption-related adjustment (Palacios & Brodzinsky, 2011). To examine these processes, it is necessary to study the adoption network as a whole. This may include adoptive families and birth families. Research with all types of families introduces a number of ethical considerations (Margolin et al., 2005). There may be unique privacy and confidentiality concerns when working with families in the adoption network. The purpose of the current study is to outline privacy and confidentiality issues that arise when working with the adoption network. we also provide examples of how to address these issues using procedures from the Minnesota/Texas Adoption Research Project.