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A Comparison of Biological and Adoptive Mothers and Fathers

A Comparison of Biological and Adoptive Mothers and Fathers Abstract Using in-depth qualitative interviews with 82 respondents, we examine the nature of beliefs and values about biological (birth) and adoptive parents. With a Canada-wide random sample of 706 respondents, we examine their prevalence in the larger population. We also consider how aspects of biological kinship, gender and actual parenting behaviour affect assessments respondents make of the emotional bonding that occurs between parents and children. Different “natures” are ascribed to women and men whether biological or adoptive parents-motherhood is instinctive and fatherhood is learned. We consider the implications of the social context and these gendered constructs of motherhood and fatherhood for family practitioners working in adoption. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Adoption Quarterly Taylor & Francis

A Comparison of Biological and Adoptive Mothers and Fathers

Adoption Quarterly , Volume 6 (4): 33 – Mar 1, 2003

A Comparison of Biological and Adoptive Mothers and Fathers

Abstract

Abstract Using in-depth qualitative interviews with 82 respondents, we examine the nature of beliefs and values about biological (birth) and adoptive parents. With a Canada-wide random sample of 706 respondents, we examine their prevalence in the larger population. We also consider how aspects of biological kinship, gender and actual parenting behaviour affect assessments respondents make of the emotional bonding that occurs between parents and children. Different “natures” are...
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1544-452X
eISSN
1092-6755
DOI
10.1300/J145v06n04_02
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Abstract

Abstract Using in-depth qualitative interviews with 82 respondents, we examine the nature of beliefs and values about biological (birth) and adoptive parents. With a Canada-wide random sample of 706 respondents, we examine their prevalence in the larger population. We also consider how aspects of biological kinship, gender and actual parenting behaviour affect assessments respondents make of the emotional bonding that occurs between parents and children. Different “natures” are ascribed to women and men whether biological or adoptive parents-motherhood is instinctive and fatherhood is learned. We consider the implications of the social context and these gendered constructs of motherhood and fatherhood for family practitioners working in adoption.

Journal

Adoption QuarterlyTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2003

Keywords: Adoptive parents; birth parents; kinship; gender; social context; survey

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