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It seems unlikely that most families, adoptive or not, would not point to some strain or conflict during the course of their children growing up. Kellmer-Pringle questions the emphasis on measuring 'success' in adoptions. She asserts that 'this question is rarely asked about biological parents nor, indeed, do generally acceptable criteria exist according to which judgements could be made ... similarly the prevalence of emotional maladjustment among children of various ages and stages of development is not known' (Kellmer-Pringle, 1967, p.
Unfortunately, research initiatives have not considered whether differences between adoption and fostering significantly influence relative outcomes, or, indeed, how such a process might work. However, information at our disposal does suggest that careful thought should be given to the most appropriate type of placement and desired plan for children who cannot grow up with their biological parents. Those social workers who emphasise planning for permanency would generally prefer adoption to the more open-ended alternative of long-term fostering.
Infertile women were assessed as being more anxious, more neurotic, less able to make decisions, than women in the fertile group. Seward et at. (1965) approached their research with the assumption Is Blood Thicker than Water? 27 that 'underlying the conscious wish for a child indicated by the couple's seeking medical help was a deeper, unconscious wish to avoid reproduction'. However, comparative tests indicated that 'the similarities between the infertile women in this study and their controls were greater than the differences'.
Adoption and Fostering: Why and How by Carole R. Smith (auth.)