Promuovere il benessere nelle famiglie adottive con figli adolescenti e giovani adulti: quale il contributo di madri e padri?

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Promoting well-being in adoptive families with adolescent children and young adults: what is the contribution of mothers and fathers?

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] In recent decades the psychosocial adoption literature has focused mainly on the adaptation of adopted children, investigating whether and to what extent these children are more likely to present emotional-behavioral problems than peers (van IJzendoorn & Juffer, 2006). Particular attention has been devoted to the study of the protective factors that influence the process of adaptation to adoption, among which the quality of family relationships has been crucial (Palacios & Brodzinsky, 2010). However, little research has analyzed the well-being of adopted children, in terms of psychological functioning and social competence, especially in the adolescent and transitional stages of adulthood. In this direction, the present study aimed to investigate eudaimonic well-being in adopted adolescents and young adults, considered as a dynamic construct that includes different dimensions (self-acceptance, autonomy, environmental control, personal growth, purpose in life, positive interpersonal relationships) (Ryff, 1989 ) and analyze the protective role played by family relationships. The objective was twofold: 1) to describe the level of eudaimonic well-being of adopted children and the quality of the parent-child relationship, in terms of promoting autonomous functioning, conflict and communicative openness; 2) to investigate, through the "dominance analysis" (Budescu, 1993), the incidence of the relational dimensions under consideration on the well-being of the children, highlighting the specificity of the relationship with the mother and with the father. 160 adolescents and young adults in international adoption, aged 15 to 24, completed a self-report questionnaire. The preliminary results showed a different contribution of mothers and fathers in promoting the well-being of their children, both according to the different relational dimensions considered, as well as the gender and age of the children.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Promoting well-being in adoptive families with adolescent children and young adults: what is the contribution of mothers and fathers?
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationAbitare zone di confine: incontri possibili tra la psicologia sociale, psicologia del lavoro e delle organizzazioni, tra accademia e realtà sociale
Pages46
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventCongresso delle sezioni di Psicologia per le organizzazioni e Psicologia sociale. Associazione Italiana di Psicologia. - Padova
Duration: 25 Sep 201328 Sep 2013

Conference

ConferenceCongresso delle sezioni di Psicologia per le organizzazioni e Psicologia sociale. Associazione Italiana di Psicologia.
CityPadova
Period25/9/1328/9/13

Keywords

  • Adolescenti e giovani adulti
  • Adozione
  • Benessere
  • Madri e padri

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