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Familie gevonden, en nu? : kwalitatief onderzoek naar de ervaringen van interlandelijk geadopteerden na de hereniging met de biologische familie.

Borgerink, A.H.M. (2015) Familie gevonden, en nu? : kwalitatief onderzoek naar de ervaringen van interlandelijk geadopteerden na de hereniging met de biologische familie.

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Abstract:Background: About half of the international adoptees goes in search of his biological parent (s). The search process is for international adoptees a complex matter by lack of information in the country of origin, cultural differences and travel distance. A reunion with the biological parent is almost always a positive experience and until about two years after the meeting there is often still contact between adoptee and biological parent or family members. After two years of development many relationships are less frequent and contact is more often a disappointing experience. Fiom supports the search and meeting process but has no overview how the relationships develop after the reunion and if adoptees needs counseling in doing so. Also it is not known how adoptees have experienced the help of Fiom and where improvements are to be made. Objective: This research intended to understand the experiences in development and continuing of relationships between the international adopted and biological family and if counseling by Fiom is of use in the continuation of this relationship. Methods: The participants in this qualitative research were men and women, international adoptees, who are guided by Fiom in a period of 2004-2014 in the process of meeting their biological parent (N=13). Semi-structured interviews were held via telephone and were audio-taped. The audio-tapes were exactly transcribed. Relevant fragments of the transcripts were analyzed inductively, which led to the formation of categories and themes. Results: The reunion with the biological family is progressing well but later often delivers new problems and dilemmas for the adopted. Participants have asked Fiom to help them and guidance the search process. Their experiences were both positive and negative. Positive factors were the attention and guidance calls from the representative of Fiom. Negative factors were the poor communication and stopping of the guidance after the reunion (often also with the agreement of adopted themselves). Conclusions: The reunion with the biological parent meets the expectations of the international adoptees. After the reunion the continuation of the relationship depends on many factors. New problems and dilemmas came to the surface. Professional supervision of Fiom is advisable and recommendations are made in the field of communication during the search process, the counseling, monitoring of experiences as well as improving the familiarity of Fiom.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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