Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Study: Family Type Not a Predictor of Bonding Between Lesbian, Gay, or Heterosexual Parents and Adopted Children

A new study finds that bonding patterns between parents and their adopted children can be attributed to a variety of factors, such as the child’s age at placement, but finds that bonding does not vary according to family type, according to a new study by Williams Institute Visiting Scholar, Abbie E. Goldberg (co-authors are researchers April M. Moyer and Lori A. Kinkler). Other factors that played a role in the bonding between parents and their adopted child were: how sudden or expected the transition to parenthood was; how entitled the adoptive parents felt as parents (i.e., how ready they were to “claim” the child as theirs), and the legal security of the placement (i.e., the perceived likelihood that it would be permanent).

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