Parents and Their Adopted Chinese Children: Adoption and Racial Microaggressions in Diverse Communities

Amanda L. Baden, Xian Zhang, Jessica A.K. Matthews, Ebony E. White, Elliotte S. Harrington, Andrew Kitchen, Jonathan Mazza, Ellen E. Pinderhughes

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Abstract

In this study using both qualitative and quantitative analysis, we coded the types and community prevalence of racial microaggressions (RMAs) and adoption microaggressions (AMAs) experienced and reported by White adoptive families with children adopted from China. Analyses examined differences in microaggressions reported by transracial adoptive families living in communities varying in racial-ethnic diversity. All families experienced RMAs and/or AMAs. Community diversity was only related to the number of RMAs experienced, and specific microaggressions were significantly related to diversity level. Parents’ interpretation of microaggressions differed based on diversity level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-106
Number of pages30
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • China
  • adoptive parents
  • diversity
  • microaggression
  • transracial

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