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Holding and handling a child from a different cultural cradle : Parenting in a context of international adoption

Abstract : Approximately 30,000 children are adopted across national borders each year. A review of the literature on the cultural belonging of these internationally adopted children shows substantial differences between the literature from English-speaking countries and that from France and Europe in general. A clinical vignette will introduce to the specific difficulties met in international adoption. The objective of this study is to start from the discourse of French adoptive parents to explore representations of their child's cultural belonging and their positions (their thoughts and representations) concerning connections with the child's country of birth and its culture. The study includes 51 French parents who adopted one or more children internationally. Each parent participated in a semi-structured interview, focused on the adoption procedure and their current associations with the child's birth country. The interviews were analyzed according to a qualitative phenomenological method, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The principal themes that emerged from our analysis of the interviews made it possible to classify the parents into three different groups. The first group maintained no association with the child's country of birth and refused any multiplicity of cultural identities. The second group actively maintained regular associations with the child's country of birth and culture and affirmed that their family was multicultural. Finally, the third group adapted their associations with the child's birth country and its culture according to the child's questions and interests. Exploring parental representations of the adopted child enables professionals involved in adoption to provide better support to these families and to do preventive work at the level of family interactions.
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Soumis le : mercredi 11 mai 2022 - 17:14:35
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Mayssa’ El Husseini, Aurélie Harf, Sara Marie Skandrani, Marie-Rose Moro. Holding and handling a child from a different cultural cradle : Parenting in a context of international adoption. Marie Rose Moro; Geneviève Welsh. Parenthood and Immigration in Psychoanalysis, Routledge, pp.17, 2022, 9781003174684. ⟨hal-03665438⟩



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