|Publication type:||Conference other|
|Type of review:||Peer review (abstract)|
|Title:||The “Zurich adoption study”|
|Conference details:||7th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR), Milan, Italy, 6-9 July 2021|
|Subjects:||Adoption; Child Care; Kinder- und Jugendhilfe|
|Subject (DDC):||362.7: Youth services|
|Abstract:||The “Zurich Adoption Study” is a longitudinal mixed methods study. It asks about the interaction of protection and risk factors in adoption processes for the child-well-being and for the family system. The aim is to improve a matching between everyday family life and assessments or post-adoption services. The study started in 2009 with a quantitative full survey: We surveyed all 195 families who had adopted a child in the Canton of Zurich between 2003 and 2009 using a standardised questionnaire (CBCL). In the following year, after having evaluated the quantitative data, we selected 23 families for qualitative interviews. Here, the focus was on their intersubjective experiences on their way to family life. In 2014/2015 we repeated the quantitative and qualitative approach with the same families. In the first quantitative survey (2009) young adopted children showed behavioural abnormalities "above average" according to CBCL. The qualitative interviews (2010), on the other hand, pointed to highly challenging ways of dealing with sudden transitions to family life after long, emotionally charged preparation-phases. The quantitative results in 2014 show tendencies of "normalisation": Most children behaved now within the expected CBCL-norm-scales. At the same time, however, critical cases of behavioural problems have increased. The second qualitative interviews (2015) confirm: Many families had to overcome existential crises in comparable dimensions in recent years to find their own normalities - and some didn't. We can learn a lot if we understand why crises occur, how and why adoptive families have overcome them and what role the child played.|
|Fulltext version:||Published version|
|License (according to publishing contract):||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Childhood, Youth and Family (IKJF)|
|Published as part of the ZHAW project:||Zürcher Adoptionsstudie|
|Appears in collections:||Publikationen Soziale Arbeit|
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Gabriel, T., & Keller, S. (2021, July). The “Zurich adoption study”. 7th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR), Milan, Italy, 6-9 July 2021.
Gabriel, T. and Keller, S. (2021) ‘The “Zurich adoption study”’, in 7th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR), Milan, Italy, 6-9 July 2021.
T. Gabriel and S. Keller, “The “Zurich adoption study”,” in 7th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR), Milan, Italy, 6-9 July 2021, Jul. 2021.
Gabriel, Thomas, and Samuel Keller. “The “Zurich Adoption Study”.” 7th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR), Milan, Italy, 6-9 July 2021, 2021.
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