Adoption and its representations in the social context

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Adoption and its representations in the social context

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Abstract

The representations of adoption at date have been little investigated. The deepening of this topic would be relevant as it could provide useful implications for intervention to implement a culture of hospitality. Therefore, exploring how adoption is seen and perceived by the adult population is an important step in promoting a context able to welcome and support adoptive children and their families. To this aim, 265 subjects were involved, and filled in a self-report questionnaire containing the semantic differential to investigate the attitude component of the representation concerning adoption. In particular we explore the emotions connected to adoption and the comparison between the representation of parent and adoptive parent, and between the child and the adoptive child. Results show a positive attitude as participants tend to associate positive emotions to adoption. It also turned out a discrepancy between the representation of “child” and “adoptive child”, in the direction of the disadvantage of the latter, while a tendentially positive vision of adoptive parents emerged, perceived as more conciliatory and open to the social context than biological parents. The results are discussed in terms of implication for practise.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Adoption and its representations in the social context
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)635-650
Number of pages16
JournalRicerche di Psicologia
Volume44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Adoptive child
  • Adoptive parent
  • Representation
  • Semantic differential
  • Social context

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