*The authors wish to acknowledge the William T. Grant Foundation, the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for research support during the time this paper was prepared. We also thank Ruth G. McRoy, long time research colleague, as well as Nita Fitzgerald, Matthew May, and Tai Mendenhall, who have assisted with coding of the adolescents' identity interviews. We especially thank the adolescents who participated in our research and whose reflections and insights have taught us a great deal about identity development. All case studies in the paper were drawn from interviews conducted with adolescents participating in the Minnesota—Texas Adoption Research Project (Grotevant & McRoy, 1998), our longitudinal research project on openness in adoption. Unless otherwise stated, all names and identifying circumstances have been changed in order to protect confidentiality.
Adoptive Identity: How Contexts Within and Beyond the Family Shape Developmental Pathways*
Version of Record online: 27 FEB 2004
Volume 49, Issue 4, pages 379–387, October 2000
How to Cite
Grotevant, H. D., Dunbar, N., Kohler, J. K. and Esau, A. M. L. (2000), Adoptive Identity: How Contexts Within and Beyond the Family Shape Developmental Pathways. Family Relations, 49: 379–387. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2000.00379.x
- Issue online: 27 FEB 2004
- Version of Record online: 27 FEB 2004
- Received 6-30-99; Revised & Resubmitted 3-15-00; Accepted 4-26-00
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