Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adoption: A Hero's Journey
by Craig, Kimberly, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 121; 1505013
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores complex issues associated with adoption and being an adoptee. In their development, adoptees encounter more obstacles than nonadoptees in the areas of resolving ambivalence, ambiguous grief, and forced gratitude. The impact of long-standing social stigmas and biases regarding adoption prevent adoptees from expressing feelings. Mental health professionals frequently conform to these biases, and adoptees in treatment often deny or minimize the psychological impact of their adoption status. The thesis emphasizes the necessity and clinical appropriateness of the adoptee expressing feelings about adoption. Using a hermeneutic approach, the author refers to her experience as an adoptee and, from a depth psychological perspective, applies the hero‘s journey to the obstacles adoptees encounter. The thesis also presents results of a survey (see Appendix B) the author conducted with clinicians to assess their level of awareness regarding treatment related to adoption and concludes that more training in this area is indicated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pye, Lori
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Social work, Individual & family studies
Publication Number: 1505013
ISBN: 978-1-267-09019-5
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