Title

The Family Adoption Communication (FAC) Model: Identifying Pathways of Adoption-Related Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Adoption Quarterly

Abstract

Presented is a theoretical model explaining how family communication about adoption evolves over time. Based on data from a national longitudinal study of the effects of openness in adoption (Grotevant & McRoy, 1998), the Family Adoption Communication (FAC) model describes the dynamic processes inherent in adoption-related communication and uses a contextual perspective that considers the developmental needs of children to explain the discrepancies between family members' perceptions of openness. After explaining the theoretical underpinnings and components of the model, we present case studies that provide empirical support for the model and suggest opportunities for theoretical refinement and future research. © 2003 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

First Page

53

Last Page

84

DOI

10.1300/J145v07n02_04

Publication Date

7-1-2004

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