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ISS/IRC Code COM-ORIGINS ENG-010
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Title Stages of Emotion: An Adult Adoptee's Postreunion Perspective
Author MORAN Ruth
Generic unit Child Welfare

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Date published/issue 06-00-1994
Date received 00-00-0000
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Publisher Child Welfare League of America, Inc, 440 First Street, NW Washington, DC 20001-2085
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Page p 24
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Type of material Monograph
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Country concerned UNITED STATES
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Free text Article written by a Counselor and adoptee herself who recently lived through the experience of a reunion with her birth mother. The author wants to stress the emotional aspects associated with this event in the life of the adoptee and identifies several stages occuring in this process: 1- paralysis created by a feeling of shock after the initial encounter; 2- eruption of emotions that will flood the adoptee as they take stock of what they have found out; 3- loss and grief over the realisation that a primary bond was broken at the time of relinquishment for adoption; 4- empowerment or sense of growth as a result of sef-knowledge and self-awareness which goes beyond just acceptance.

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