Ethical Considerations in Adoption Research: Navigating Confidentiality and Privacy Across the Adoption Kinship Network.
Lo, Albert Y. H. Grotevant, Harold D. McRoy, Ruth G.
Published: January-March 2019
Vol. 22, No. 1 , p. 75-93
Taylor and Francis Group
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
Adoption research often includes multiple members of the adoption network, each of whom has distinctive perspectives. Participants may include adopted individuals and their siblings as well as adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoption professionals. Due to these multiple informants and the sensitivity of the topics explored in adoption research, researchers encounter several unique ethical concerns when working with populations impacted by adoption. The current article addresses confidentiality and privacy issues that arise when conducting adoption research. Examples from a longitudinal study on openness in adoption are provided to highlight strategies that can be used to address these issues. (Author abstract)
ethics; adoption research; longitudinal studies; confidentiality; PRIVACY; ADOPTION DISCLOSURE; RIGHT OF PRIVACY; ADOPTION RESEARCH