Working with Adoptive Parents : Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions.

Brabender, Virginia M.
Somerset : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2013.
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Practical techniques for guiding parents through the stages of adoption and beyond "This book makes a significant contribution to both a greater understanding of adoption and its complex dynamic constellations as well as to serving those who are or come across adoption families, many of whom count on us adoption-informed mental health professionals to clarify and facilitate the challenges they face." -From the Foreword by Henri Parens, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University, Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia "What most people don't know about adoption could fill a book-and this is the book. Finally sorting myth from science, Working with Adoptive Parents will give therapists, and quite a few nonprofessionals considering adoption, the real story of what it means to make this momentous choice. Better yet, it does so without letting the data speak in place of the parents themselves, in all their fear, doubt, and joy." -Jesse Green, author of The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood Editors Virginia Brabender and April Fallon are clinical psychologists and also adoptive parents whose families are acquainted with both the uncertainty and joy of adoption. In Working with Adoptive Parents, they offer an in-depth treatment of the distinctive needs, feelings, impulses, expectations, and conflicts that adoptive parents experience through the stages of adoption and beyond. This volume offers a comprehensive picture of adoption through an exploration of the experiences and developmental processes of the adoptive parent. Featuring contributions from mental health professionals whose careers have focused on work with families through the adoption process, this unique book: Covers the theory, research, and practice of adoptive parenting throughout the life cycle Explores the issues unique
to the adoptive mother and adoptive father as they traverse the stages of parenting Offers a close look at families with special needs children Acknowledges and explores the great diversity among adoptive families and the kinship networks in which they are embedded Examines attachment issues between adoptive parent and child Providing a framework for therapists to conceptualize their work with adoptive parents, Working with Adoptive Parents clarifies and facilitates the journey that many of these families face.
Working With Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions
Our Own Journey
The Importance of the Subject Matter
The Influence of the Parent on the Child
The Adoptive Parent's Relational Context
The Well-Being of the Adoptive Parent
Intended Audience of This Book
Organization of the Book
About the Editors
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage: The Adoptive Parent in Context
Characteristics of Adoptive Parents
Psychological Characteristics
Motivation for Adopting
Use of Treatment
Serving the Needs of Adoptive Parents
History of Adoption
European History
Adoption in America
Contemporary Controversies
The Openness Dilemma
Transracial Adoption
Gay Adoptive Parenting
Practical Points
Chapter 2: Theoretical Contributions to the Understanding of Parent-Child Bonding in Adoption
Before the Family Becomes a Unit: Daniel Stern and Intrapsychic Reorganization
The Case of Dora
Bowlby and the Importance of Secure Attachment in Healthy Development
The Parallel Caregiving System: Contributions of George and Solomon
Ego Psychology and the Significance of Adaptation
Contributions of D. W. Winnicott
The Good Enough Mother
Holding to Provide Good Enough Maternal Care
Holding Adopted Children
The Importance of the Transitional Object With Adoptive Children
Holding and Surviving Hateful Feelings
The Role of Mirroring
Kohut and the Development of Self-Esteem
Mentalization: Holding the Adopted Child in Mind
Separation-Individuation and the Contributions of Margaret Mahler
Practical Points
Chapter 3: Using Research to Inform Best Practices in Working With Adoptive Families.
The History of Research on Attachment and Parent-Child Interactions
Bowlby and the Observational Method
Early Measurement Issues in Attachment Research
Parent/Child Interactions as Predictors of Child Adjustment
Helping Children by Studying Attachment in Adults
Research on Adoption
Age at Adoption
General Outcomes for Adopted Children
Research on Cognitive and Psychomotor Development
Research on Behavioral and Emotional Adjustment
Comparing International Adoptees With Country-of-Origin Peer Groups
Longitudinal Studies of Adoption
Attachment-Based Interventions for Use in Adoption
The Circle of Security
Toddler-Parent Psychotherapy
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Practical Points
Chapter 4: The Adoptive Mother
The Eras of Adoptive Motherhood
Before the Baby Arrives
Establishing the Rhythms of Daily Living
Early Childhood Years
Later Childhood Years (5-12 Years)
Mothering Adolescent Daughters
Mothering the Adolescent Son
Practical Points
Chapter 5: The Adoptive Father
Important Role Functions of the Father
Early Support of the Mother
The ``Second Other´´
An Alternative Attachment Figure
Introduction to the External World With Encouragement of Self-Determination
Promotion of Separation and Individuation
Development of Gender Identity
Development of Social Competence
The Adoptive Father's Centrality in the Child's Psychic Formation and Psychosocial Life
Becoming and Being an Adoptive Father
Wish to Become a Father
Effects of Infertility
Working Through Psychological Effects of Infertility
Contemplating Adoption
Waiting for the Child and Transition
Establishing New Rhythms
The Adoptive Father in the Early Childhood Years.
Fathering During Adolescence
Practical Points
Chapter 6: Recognizing Diversity in Adoptive Families
Identity Variables Within the Addressing Framework
Age and Generational Influences
Disability Status of the Adoptive Parent
Religion and Spiritual Orientation
Ethnicity, Race, and Culture
Socioeconomic Status
Sexual Orientation
Family Structure
Single-Parent Families
Sibling Constellations
Practical Points
Chapter 7: Adoption of Children With Special Health Care Needs
Three Approach Classes
Problems in the Research About Adopted Children With Special Health Care Needs
Comparison to Children in the General Population
Disruption of Adoption for Children With SHCN
Who Are the Families Who Adopt These Children?
Commitment and Approach Classes
The Case of Priscilla: Approach Class 1
The Case of Mindy: Approach Classes 2 and 3
Preparation in Approach Classes 1 and 2
Across the Approach Classes
Coping and Stress
Learning From the Broader Pediatric Literature
Existential Issues
Posttraumatic Stress
Ambiguous Loss
Posttraumatic Growth
Marital Satisfaction
Practical Points
For Therapists/Counselors and Other Helping Professionals
For Adoptive Parents of Children With SHCN
Chapter 8: Parenting the Young Child
Ghosts in Adoptive Families
Pre-Adoptive Parent Ghosts
Postadoption Ghosts
Children's Ghosts
Intervention With Adoptive Families: Developmental Guidance, Parent-Child Groups, and Parent-Child Therapy
Developmental Guidance
Parent-Child Groups: Education for Adoptive Parenting
Parent-Child Psychotherapy
Parenting Cornerstones for Adoptive Families
Attachment and Emotional Connection.
Object Constancy: Consolidating New Relationships
Two Stages at One Time
Attachment Disorder
Temperament and Personality
Roadblocks to Object Constancy
Enhancing the Parent-Child Relationship in Adoptive Families: Developing an Adoption Dialogue
Limit Setting and Discipline
Dealing With Loss and Grief in Adoption
Practical Points
Chapter 9: Adoptive Parenting of Teenagers and Young Adults
Developmental Themes of Adolescence and Early Adulthood
The Development of Identity
Individuation and Independence
Identity Development and Individuation in Adopted Adolescents and Young Adults
Family Memories and Adoption Stories
Sense of Belonging
Case Study-"Aaron"
Individuation, Independence, and the Adoptive Parent-Child Relationship
Case Study-"Rosa"
The Unique Perspective of Adoptive Parents of Adolescents
Insights for Parents and Therapists
Need for Information About Birth Families
Identity Formation in International, Transcultural, and Transracial Adoptees
The Adoption Narrative
Effective Teatment of Trauma in the Lives of Adopted Children
Supporting Adolescents´ Natural Desire for Autonomy
Creating a Sense of Belonging and Purpose
Practical Points
Chapter 10: Therapeutic Interventions With Adopted Children and Adoptive Parents: A Psychoanalytic Developmental Approach
Development of the Human Mind
Therapeutic Intervention in a Psychoanalytic Developmental Approach
Parent Problems and Child Problems in the Context of a Psychoanalytic Developmental Approach
The Missing Link-Between Parent and Child
Intergenerational Transmission of the Human Mind-The Missing Link
Evaluating the Parent-Child Dyad
Adoption: Irregularities in the Context of Development
Adoption: Challenges to the Developing Child.
Practical Points
Chapter 11: Adoptive Parent as Consultant, Educator, and Advocator
The Roots of Problems Facing Adoptive Parents
Lack of Knowledge and Overgeneralization
Action Implications
Family, Friends, and Members of the Community
The Workplace
The Broader Society
Challenges to Parents´ Assumption of Advocacy, Consultative, and Educational Roles
Practical Points
Chapter 12: Meeting the Needs of Adoptive Parents: Practice, Training, and Research
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Becoming Knowledgeable Adoption Practitioners
Practical Points
Author Index
Subject Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Fallon, April E.
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