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THE COMMUNICATION IMPLICATIONS AND RELATED EXPERIENCES ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSRACIALLY ADOPTING A CHILD FROM VIETNAM

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2010
Abstract/Description:
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 parentsÂÂ' 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 childrenÂÂ's original culture emerged as themes in adoptive parent communication. Theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.
Title: THE COMMUNICATION IMPLICATIONS AND RELATED EXPERIENCES ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSRACIALLY ADOPTING A CHILD FROM VIETNAM.
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Name(s): Malin, Lan-Marie, Author
Musambira, George, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: 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 parentsÂÂ' 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 childrenÂÂ's original culture emerged as themes in adoptive parent communication. Theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.
Identifier: CFE0003535 (IID), ucf:48967 (fedora)
Note(s): 2010-12-01
M.A.
Sciences, Nicholson School of Communication
Masters
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Subject(s): dialectical theory
relational dialectics
international
transracial
adoption
qualitative research
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003535
Restrictions on Access: campus 2011-12-01
Host Institution: UCF

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