I Sat In Silent Musing did a post recently that highlighted Adoption Reconstruction Phase Theory. It piqued my interest and I searched hoping to find I could get access to the paper. I did and jotted down few notes while reading the paper, and even though I’m only half way through it, I’m posting it here to share. I have to say, I think the study is good, not because it tells me what I want to hear, but in the way it was done, and questions asked. You need to read the entire paper, it’s worth the time.
From my reading, this study came about as a result of a different study Borders et al. (2000). Respondents to this study came from the original study. They were originally recruited primarily from a statewide adoption and foster care agency in North Carolina. Some that had contact with the agency in the previous 5 years were sent letters, others responded to a notice in the agencies newsletter. Overall, for this second study they ended up with 100 respondents between the ages of 35-55, with an average age of 42.7 years. 78% women, 70% married, 78% had children, 57% college grads, 35% had completed some college, 88% were middle class or higher, 100% adopted as infants, 84% in North Carolina, 75% were placed through a cooperating adoption agency.
The study tested the hypothesis that there were 5 adoption reconstruction phases for the adult adoptee. Read the study to get descriptions of each phase below.
- No Awareness/Denying Awareness (Ignorance Is Bliss)
- Emerging Awareness (Curiosity Killed the Cat)
- Drowning in Awareness (Ill as a Hornet/Mad as Hell)
- Re-emerging From Awareness (Rising From the Ashes)
- Finding Peace (Let It Be)
Interested in your thoughts…