Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The adoptee's path after the trauma: The impact of the cultural shadow and misdiagnosing
by Rainne, Rachel H., M.F.T., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 99; 1492826
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is an examination of the life and trials of an adoptee. The impact of trauma related to adoption extends deep into the psyche as the child grows. Among the factors contributing to an adoptee’s struggle with trauma is the focus on the adoptive parents. The adoptee’s experience is neglected as the adoptee is expected to be thankful to the adoptive parents and to comply without making waves in the new family. Research shows a link between adoption, trauma, and dissociation; yet the adoptee is misdiagnosed and therefore provided with erroneous treatment. Utilizing a heuristic methodology, the author incorporates her personal experience with literature on studies regarding the adoption experience and depth psychology, including the Hero's Journey. The personal journey of the adoptee extends into the cultural shadow where the fear of abandonment festers. The intention is to bring these issues to light to promote individuation and healing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology, Psychology
Publication Number: 1492826
ISBN: 978-1-124-56717-4
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