Preadoption Risks, Family Functioning, and Adoption Secrecy as Predictors of the Adjustment of Filipino Adopted Children.
Tarroja, Maria Caridad H.
Published: July-September 2015
Vol. 18, No. 3 , p. 234-253
Taylor and Francis Group
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
Using a correlational multivariate research design, partial least squares (PLS) was applied to examine the direct and indirect influence of pre-adoption risks, family functioning, and adoption secrecy on the adjustment (which is defined in this study as the internalizing and externalizing behaviors) of Filipino adopted children. Thirty-two sets of Filipino adoptees and their respective adoptive mothers participated in the study. Family functioning was found to predict the adjustment of Filipino adopted children while adoption secrecy predicted family functioning. Adopted children's perception of their family functioning and adoption openness buffer the impact of the early adversity experienced by the adopted children. Implications on the clinical practice and adoption practices in the Philippines are discussed. (Author abstract)
predictor variables; emotional adjustment; ADOPTION DISCLOSURE; CONFIDENTIALITY; family relationships; risk factors; Philippines; open adoption