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International adoption: A qualitative study concerning international adoptees’ ethnic identity in the context of social relationships
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


The purpose of this study was to investigate international adoptees ethnic identity’s

developmental process in the context of social relationships. Another important focus

was to examine in what ways the adoptees reflect on their own ethnic identity. In this

research, it was to view what different factors were influencing the creation of their

ethnic identity, what issues are high-lighted and which are not. The method chosen

was from a qualitative approach. Through three semi-structured interviews and three

email interviews (whereas one participant was taking part in both of them), the

adoptees have shared their experiences of different life period. The results of the study

were presented through 6 different themes. The empirical data have been interpreted

through Jean Phinney´s model about ethnic identity, which is a model of three stages.

The results showed that the adoptees’ ethnic identity was basically following the stage

development and is also influenced by external factors. The interest and attitude

towards the ethnic identity was also examined.


International adoption, ethnic identity, social relationship, identity


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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10616Archive number: SGSMKINSA-V11-01OAI: diva2:445097
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-10-07 Created: 2011-10-02 Last updated: 2013-01-25Bibliographically approved

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