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ISS/IRC Code COM-ADOPT ENG-022
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Title Placing an Infant for Adoption: The Experience of Young Birthmothers
Author CUSHMAN Linda F
Generic unit Social Work

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Date published/issue 05-00-1993
Date received 00-00-0000
Place published
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Publisher National Association of Social Workers
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Page pp 2
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Type of material Monograph
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Document description Commentaries
Testimony
Country concerned UNITED STATES
Index Abandon-cause
Fam-orig-post-adopt-sup
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Fam-orig-info-counsel
Free text Article that describes the experiences of 215 young birthmothers who lived in maternity residences during pregnancy and who placed their infants for adoption. These mothers were interviewed in the last trimester of their pregnancies and again from six to eight months after they gave birth to the babies they relinquished. Outcomes and conclusions for the study are based on their answers to questions on prerelinquishment experience with availability of support and counselling and discussions on the options available to them. Questions on postbirth experience included seeing and holding their babies and the time available to them with their infants; how and when they signed the adoption papers and levels of openness in the adoption. The authors are cautious in their conclusions, particularly in respect to long-term effects and grief from relinquishment on the young mothers, since the six months of the study is a short time in a woman's life.

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Degree of interest Of interest
Work area Psychology
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