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31 Issues L. & Med. 139 (2016)
From Birth Mothers to First Mothers: Toward a Compassionate Understanding of the Life-Long Act of Adoption Placement

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           From Birth Mothers to

         First Mothers: Toward a

  Compassionate Understanding

              of   the Life-Long Act

          of   Adoption Placement
                     Priscilla K. Coleman, Ph.D.*
                     Debbie Garratt, R.N., M.Ed.**

ABSTRACT:
Objective: Women  who place a child for adoption have historically been
far less actively researched than the other individuals in the adoption triad
(adoptees and adoptive parents). They often have unmet psychological needs
related to the decision to place for adoption, the placement experience, and
as they endeavor to move forward post-adoption. In this review an effort is
made  to provide a description and analysis of the professional literature on
women's placement experiences, with attention to methodological challenges
inherent in deriving valid results. Next an overview of the results of a mixed
method  pilot study on birth mothers' decision-making and adjustment is
shared. Finally, the most pressing future research needs on the topic of
adoption placement from the birth mother's perspective are outlined.
Data sources and extraction: Employing the following search terms: adop-
tion, open-adoption, closed adoption, birth-mother, biological mother, re-
linquishment, and adoption placement, an exhaustive search for empirical
journal articles, reviews, and edited book chapters was conducted yielding
over 80 publications. Sources spanning a 50 year period (1974-2014) were
identified via MEDLINE, PUBMED,  and PsycINFO.
   * Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling
Green, Ohio 43402, USA, Telephone: +01.419.372.6492, FAX: +01.372.7854, pcolema@bgsu.edu (Con-
tributions: research design, survey development. data collection, data analysis, and writing of report). The
author(s) report no financial or other relationship relevant to the subject of this article.
   ** Executive Director, Real Choices Australia (Contributions: research design, survey development,
data collection, editing of report).


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