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Adopted children: a question of identity

Mahmood, S. and Visser, J. (2015) Adopted children: a question of identity. Support for Learning. 30(3), pp. 268-285. 0268-2141.

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Abstract: This article draws upon a study completed in a specific school in Bangalore where most children enter at the pre-school level and continue till high school. While the particular children in the study constitute a small number – four – it was observed that questions of identity mainly arose when they started questioning the circumstances behind their adoption, were curious about their biological roots and searched for answers about their state of belonging. The findings in this study derive from observation of these children from the pre-primary level to high school, supplemented by discussions, interviews and feedback from teachers who have worked with them, the parents of the adopted children, fieldwork and personal interactions,and show that sensitive handling and nurturing are essential in helping these children overcome the difficulties they experience.
Uncontrolled Keywords: India, inclusion, adoption, looked-after children
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ767 Children. Child development
L Education > LA History of education > LA410 Other regions or countries > LA1151 India
L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC1200 Inclusive education
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV701 Children > HV875.55 Adopted children
Creators: Mahmood, Samina and Visser, John
Publisher: Blackwell
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Special Needs Education and Research
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Education and Research
Research Centres > Centre for Education and Research
Date: 29 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 268-285
Journal or Publication Title: Support for Learning
Volume: 30
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0268-2141
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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