This thesis explores the relationships of adoptive status, self-image, and the family structure. This study was conducted by distributing questionnaires, which measured sex, race, socioeconomic status, self-esteem, self-perceived relationships with family members, and adoptive status, to 55 college students at the College of Wooster. Results showed that the relationship between adoption and self-image is not correlated. Adoptive status does not affect an individual's self-image. Also, adoptees experience similar feelings of closeness, respect, and conflict with family members as do non-adoptees. Future research is suggested, focusing more on family structure and dynamics and their impact on the adopted child through in-home interviews.
Sociology and Anthropology
Johnson, K. Brooke, "The Relationship of Adoption Status, Self-Image, and Family Structure" (1996). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6309.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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