Adjustment and identity formation in adopted and nonadopted young adults: Contributions of family environment

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Sought to identify family characteristics that predict young adult adoptees’ successful adjustment and identity formation as they approach independence. 49 adopted and 49 nonadopted college students were compared on measures of overall adjustment and identity formation, and on perceptions of the general environment characterizing their families of origin. Results support a generally encouraging view of adoptees who are at the point of being launched from their adoptive families and seeking to establish their autonomy as adults. On all measures of developmental tasks, the adoptee’s functioning was indistinguishable from that of the nonadopted controls. In addition, on most discrete aspects of identity formation, adoptees were comparable to nonadoptees. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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