Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Enid O. Cox

Keywords

family practice, International Adoption, racial and ethnic identity, self-perception, socialization, Transracial Adoption

Abstract

Author: Cindi Kim

Title: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY OF RACIALIZED

EXPERIENCES OF ASIAN ADULT ADOPTEES

Advisor: Dr. Enid Opal Cox

Degree Date: August 2010

ABSTRACT

This study examined the nature and meaning of racial and ethnic identity as described by adult Asian adoptees who were transracially and internationally adopted. Particular focus of the study examined the racialization experiences and the relationships between racial and ethnic identity and socialization, and identified key influences on self-perception. The intent of this study was to gain insight into how this particular social group negotiated racial issues during different stages of development, while maintaining a sense of self. This study's approach took a narrative form, as participants described the essence of their experience contributing to their racial and ethnic identity and self-perception and how meaning was created in the process of identity development in relation to their social environment. This study included 8 participants, age 25-46, from diverse geographic locations, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age at adoption, and country of birth. The phenomenological approach was used to ascertain the meaning, structure, and the lived experience of this group by inquiring into the truth and reality of their experience, and examined the nature of this knowledge. It was discovered that adult adoptees conceptualized and negotiated racial and ethnic identity, perceptions of self, essential feelings, and finally, self-acceptance as a result of family practices and social environment, in addition to their racialization and the adoption experience.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Cindi Kim

File size

251 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Social work

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