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The placement of adoptive children [electronic resource] / by J. Richard Wittenborn ; assisted by Barbara Myers.

By: Wittenborn, J. R. (John Richard), 1915-.
Contributor(s): Myers, Barbara.
Publisher: Springfield, Ill. : C.C. Thomas, c1957Description: ix, 189 p. ; 24 cm.Subject(s): Adoption | AdoptionAdditional physical formats: OriginalDDC classification: 362.73 Online resources: Fulltext available via EBSCOhost - Shibboleth login required Also issued in print.Summary: "In this discussion of practices and points of view relevant to the adoptive placement of children, the emphasis is primarily psychological. Our interest in the possible consequences of procedures employed by social agencies in the creation of adoptive homes is extended to include consideration of some of the attitudes and child-rearing practices of adoptive parents. The discussion is based on a comprehensive follow-up study of adoptive families and their adopted children. All of these children had been examined in infancy by the staff of Dr. Arnold Gesell at the Yale Clinic of Child Development. The infant examination had been administered as a part of or in consequence of adoptive proceedings, and one of the purposes of our study was to explore the practical value of such an examination. Our discussions provide definite answers for several questions of central interest to both adoptive parents and child placement workers. In addition they offer useful illumination for numerous perplexing issues and indicate the nature of much of the research which is required for substantial advances in this most intricate area of social work practices. We believe that social workers, as well as adoptive parents, the clergy, members of the medical and legal professions, and all other persons who participate in the creation and nurturance of adoptive homes will find interest in our materials. For this reason issues for which we could not find satisfactory answers, as well as kindred questions which are outside the scope of our study, are discussed with as much care as the issues for which our data are adequate and directly relevant. We have sought to define various alternative points of view and to suggest their implications for practical procedures in a way which will provide reassurance, dispel needless fears, and contribute to realistic, purposeful thinking about the business of becoming an adoptive parent"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-184) and index.

"In this discussion of practices and points of view relevant to the adoptive placement of children, the emphasis is primarily psychological. Our interest in the possible consequences of procedures employed by social agencies in the creation of adoptive homes is extended to include consideration of some of the attitudes and child-rearing practices of adoptive parents. The discussion is based on a comprehensive follow-up study of adoptive families and their adopted children. All of these children had been examined in infancy by the staff of Dr. Arnold Gesell at the Yale Clinic of Child Development. The infant examination had been administered as a part of or in consequence of adoptive proceedings, and one of the purposes of our study was to explore the practical value of such an examination. Our discussions provide definite answers for several questions of central interest to both adoptive parents and child placement workers. In addition they offer useful illumination for numerous perplexing issues and indicate the nature of much of the research which is required for substantial advances in this most intricate area of social work practices. We believe that social workers, as well as adoptive parents, the clergy, members of the medical and legal professions, and all other persons who participate in the creation and nurturance of adoptive homes will find interest in our materials. For this reason issues for which we could not find satisfactory answers, as well as kindred questions which are outside the scope of our study, are discussed with as much care as the issues for which our data are adequate and directly relevant. We have sought to define various alternative points of view and to suggest their implications for practical procedures in a way which will provide reassurance, dispel needless fears, and contribute to realistic, purposeful thinking about the business of becoming an adoptive parent"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

Also issued in print.

Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2011. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement. s2011 dcunns

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