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Communicative openness within adoptive families : adoptive parents’ narrative accounts of the challenges of adoption talk and the approaches used to manage these challenges.

Jones, C. and Hackett, J. (2008) 'Communicative openness within adoptive families : adoptive parents’ narrative accounts of the challenges of adoption talk and the approaches used to manage these challenges.', Adoption quarterly., 10 (3-4). pp. 157-178.

Abstract

Policy and practice relating to openness in adoption have changed substantially in the last 30 years. There is a growing body of empirical research that supports both structural and communicative openness, and there is widespread consensus that communicative openness is desirable within adoptive families. Despite this, there is evidence that some adoptive parents and their adopted children struggle to achieve the level of communicative openness to which they aspire. This paper presents data from a small-scale exploratory study of adoptive family life. It draws on the narrative accounts of adoptive mothers and fathers to explore some of the sensitivities of adoption talk, the communication challenges experienced by adoptive parents, and the ways that adopters manage these challenges. Finally, some suggestions are made for practice.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Adoptive parents, Open adoption, openness, Adoption communication.
Full text:PDF - Submitted Version (254Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10926750802163238
Publisher statement:This is an electronic version of an article published in Jones, C. and Hackett, J. (2008) 'Communicative openness within adoptive families : adoptive parents’ narrative accounts of the challenges of adoption talk and the approaches used to manage these challenges.', Adoption quarterly., 10 (3-4). pp. 157-178. Adoption quarterly is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1092-6755&volume=10&issue=3-4&spage=157
Record Created:22 Aug 2012 10:05
Last Modified:24 Aug 2012 16:18

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