Parent-child relationship and adoptees’ psychosocial adjustment: Mothers’, fathers’, and children’s perceptions
Many studies have emphasized that family processes are relevant factors in promoting adolescents’ psychosocial development, and highlighted the specific role played by mothers and fathers. In the adoption literature there is still a paucity of studies focused on the quality of parents-child relationships, and even less research has assumed a family perspective, comparing the perceptions of different members within the family. According to the multi-informant approach, this study intended to assess the quality of parent-child relationship (i.e. satisfaction, communication), and to compare mothers’, fathers’, and children’s perceptions. Moreover, the links among these relational dimensions and adoptees’ adjustment and risk behaviors will be investigated. One hundred internationally adopted adolescents (13-17 years of age), and their adoptive parents took part to the study. Participants were asked to fill in on-line a self-report questionnaire. Data analyses are still in progress. Findings will be discussed also with attention to practical implication for interventions supporting and promoting adoptive families’ relationships.