Adolescents' satisfaction with contact in adoption
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
The current investigation drew from the second wave of data collected from the Minnesota-Texas Adoption Research Project (MTARP). Adolescents involved in adoptive arrangements in which there is contact with birth parents were compared to adolescents who do not have contact with their birth parents in terms of satisfaction with adoption openness. ANOVA results indicated that adolescents who have contact with their birthmothers maintain higher satisfaction with contact status than those who do not have contact. No effects for gender or age were noted. In terms of contact with birthfathers, adolescents with contact maintained higher satisfaction with contact status than those who do not have contact. Significant effects for age were also noted, insofar as satisfaction with contact increases with age. Implications of these findings for adoption professionals are put forth, as well as directions for further research.
Mendenhall, Tai J.; Berge, Jerica M.; Wrobel, Gretchen M.; Grotevant, Harold D.; and McRoy, Ruth G., "Adolescents' satisfaction with contact in adoption" (2004). Psychology Faculty Publications. 15.