Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Gordon E. Finley

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Paulette Johnson

Third Advisor's Name

Jonathan Tubman

Fourth Advisor's Name

Marvin Dunn

Date of Defense



The aim of the present investigation was to examine the implications of adoption status upon the adjustment of adolescents, with a focus on transracial adoptees. Based upon secondary analyses of a nationally collected data set, three levels of analyses were undertaken to investigate group differences between: (a) adoptees and non-adoptees, (b) transracially adopted adolescents and same-race adopted adolescents and, (c) specific racial groupings of adopted children and their parents across a broad range of adjustment measures. The results indicated some evidence supporting increased maladjustment of adoptees compared to their non-adopted counterparts. Yet, when comparing groups of adopted adolescents, the results suggested that racial differences between adoptees and their adoptive parents do not exacerbate developmental risks related to adjustment. Support was also found for significant age and gender influences upon adjustment variables. The implications of the findings are discussed.




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