A comparative study of depression, self-esteem, family relations, peer relations, and attitudes toward mother and father of adoptees and non-adoptees
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Westfall, Marvin E
DescriptionThesisM.S.W.Social Work and Public HealthThe purpose of this comparative study was to determine whether the levels of depression, self-esteem, family relations, peer relations, and attitudes toward mother and father are the same in adoptees and non-adoptees. The level of difficulty in these areas was measured through the use of six scales from the Clinical Measurement Package. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 40 participants, 20 adoptees and 20 non-adoptees. It was hypothesized that there would be no difference between adoptees and non-adoptees in their scores on the six scales utilized. This research found that when there was significant difference in the two groups it was the non-adoptees who presented a greater severity or magnitude of problem in the areas tested. This study was an attempt to provide a clear understanding of the inherent stresses adoptees and adoptive families face as well as compare their satisfaction with self, others, family, and parents with non-adoptees.