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.


Blair, Robert


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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