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The Counseling Psychologist


Provides an introduction to the Major Contribution for this issue of Counseling Psychologist. The Major Contribution consists of an overview article describing the practice of adoption and two detailed reviews of recent empirical literature related to adoptive families and transracial adoptees. Given the prevalence of people affected by adoption, the lack of knowledge regarding adoption among researchers and practitioners, the inattention to adoption research by psychology, and the negative myths about and stigma faced by adoptive triad members, the Major Contribution will have the following as its purposes: (a) to increase awareness of the psychological and sociocultural issues involved in adoption and provide useful frameworks for clinical and research efforts in this domain; (b) to promote an understanding of empirical research (i.e., findings, strengths, and limitations) regarding two nontraditional populations that are rarely attended to in psychology (adoptive families and transracial adoptees); and (c) to identify future theoretical, research, and practice directions for the study of adoption to which counseling psychologists can make valuable contributions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


DOI: 10.1177/0011000003258082

Published Citation

Zamostny, Kathy P., Mary O'Leary Wiley, Karen M. O'brien, Richard M. Lee, and Amanda L. Baden. "Breaking the silence: Advancing knowledge about adoption for counseling psychologists." The Counseling Psychologist 31, no. 6 (2003): 647-650.