Adopted children, Adoptive parents, Dialectic, Interpersonal communication, Interpersonal relations, Interracial adoption -- United States, Vietnamese American children
This study investigated the communication experiences of adoptive parents of children transracially adopted from Vietnam. Though adoption has been extensively studied in communication research, transracial adoptions involving children from Vietnam has not. Thus, this study examined adoptive parent communication experiences using dialectic theory and relational dialectics. By examining adoptive parents’ communication with their adopted child and others, we can determine tensions that occur in different communication experiences. Data were collected through eight qualitative in-depth interviews conducted with adoptive parents of children from Vietnam. Openness with both strangers and the adopted child(ren) and preservation of key aspects of the adopted children’s original culture emerged as themes in adoptive parent communication. Theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences, Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Malin, Lan Marie, "The Communication Implications And Related Experiences Associated With Transracially Adopting A Child From Vietnam" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1639.