The Practice of Adoption: History, Trends, and Social Context

Kathy P. Zamostny, Karen M. O'brien, Amanda L. Baden

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This article presents an overview of the practice of adoption to counseling psychologists to promote clinical understanding of the adoption experience and to stimulate research on adoption. The article includes definitions of adoption terminology, important historical and legal developments for adoption, a summary of adoption statistics, conceptualizations of adoption experience, themes and trends in adoption outcome research related to adoptees and birthparents, and selected theoretical models of adoption. The importance of considering social context variables in adoption practice and research is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-678
Number of pages28
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2003


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