April 29, 2014
Professor: Carol Beckford
GPS 224 CA Psychology of the Family
Some of most common high risk issues of today adolescents are risky behavior, identity development, adjustment problems, as well as attachment and detachment issues. These may sound like disorders that any normal person can suffer from and you’re right. However in many situations such as children who have been adopted are more likely to suffer from these disorders and those who reside with their biological parents. Despite the growing number of families whom have adopted children and provided them with a loving and healthy home, the conflict in the family when compared to families with non-adopted children are much greater and suffer much more in there their adolescent years. Yet, adopted adolescents increase risk for many of above problems. In past research these areas was marked by inconsistency y. For example previous studies included all three aspects of family interaction known to relate to adolescent adjustment such as warm, supportive communication; parental control; and parent child conflict. Most of these studies relied solely on self-reports and focused on either relations between adoptive, two- parent biological, single parent, and stepparent families; reporting showed that more adoptive mothers reported having parent –adolescent disagreement than non-adoptive mothers .Another research team compared adoptive family interactions to those non-adoptive intact and separated families; in which adoptive adolescents reported having more positive communication with their parent than non-adoptive. And finally ( Rue...
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...74% being female, and the nonadoptive families consisting of 70% white and 40% female I feel the study was not executed well. With percentage of whites over taking the subsamples it makes me wonder if the results may have been different if the subsamples consisted of more minorities/diversity in genders. Giving the fact the studies was comparing family interaction in adoptive and nonadoptive families I would have went a step further and determined if the sex of the child also determines what the family interactions in adoptive and nonadoptive families.
With the current study focus on interaction in adoptive and nonadoptive family the author suggest that future research should pay close attention to adopted adolescent behavior as a source of family conflict, either as a main effect or a response to incompatibility in parent and child or behavioral characteristics.