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Michelangelo (at age 87)

Academic Papers


Below is a list of academic papers about adoption for researchers, professionals and anyone interested in exploring adoption in greater depth. You are welcome to offer suggestions to include in this list by emailing Jigsaw Queensland.


Allen, J. 1995 ‘Adoption Information: Self Esteem and Change in Proceedings’ in Has Adoption a Future?, Sydney: pp. 32-50


Archer, C. and Burnell A. 2003 Trauma, Attachment and Family Permanence: Fear Can Stop You Loving, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.


Bennett, S. 1995 ‘The Fantasy Mother: Her Role in the Adoption Experience and the Impact She Can Have on Reunions’ in Has Adoption a Future?, Post Adoption Resource Centre, Sydney: pp. 50-60.


Blum, H. 1983 ‘Adoptive parents: Generative conflict and generational continuity’ in Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Vol 38: pp. 141-163.


Bond, S. 2016 'A Shark in the garden: an adoptee memoir' in The Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference Proceedings of 20th Conference, Melbourne, 


Bornstein, M. 2008 ‘Families by Adoption and Birth: Mother-Infant Socioemotional Interactions’ in Adoption Quarterly,Vol 11, No 2: pp. 101-125.


Carp, W. 2008 ‘Does Opening Adoption Research Records Have an Adverse Social Impact? Some Lessons from the U.S., Great Britain and Australia, 1953-2007’ in Adoption Quarterly: pp. 29-52.


Coles, G. 2012 'The power of the apology' in Australian Journal of Adoption, Vol 4, No 1, 


Feeney, J. 2009 ‘Reunions of Adoptees Who Have Met Both Birth Parents: Post Reunion Relationships and Factors that Facilitate and Hinder the Reunion Process’ in Adoption Quarterly, Vol 12, No. 2: pp. 100-119.


Feeney, J. A., Passmore, N. L., & Peterson, C. C. (2007). Adoption, attachment and relationship concerns: A study of adult adoptees. Personal Relationships, 14, 129-147.


Gair, S. 1995 ‘The Impact of the Queensland Legislation on the Lives and Families of Adoptive Mothers’ in Has Adoption A Future?, Post Adoption Resource Centre, Sydney: pp. 130-140.


Garrett, R. 1995 ‘Privacy v Secrecy - Rights in Conflict’ in Has Adoption A Future?, Post Adoption Resource Centre, Sydney: pp. 140-147.


Golding I, Dent H and Nissim R. 2006 Thinking Psychologically About Children Who are Looked After and Adopted: Space for Reflection, John Wiley and Sons, West Sussex.


Grotevant, H. 1997 ‘Coming to Terms with Adoption’ in Adoption Quarterly, Vol 1, No 1: pp. 3-27.


Higgins, D. 2012 Past and Present Adoptions in Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 


Hock, R. M. 2011 ‘Exploring Core Issues in Adoption: Individual and Marital Experience of Adoptive Mothers’ in Adoption Quarterly,Vol 14, No 4: pp. 268-283.


Jordan, T 2012 'Personal reflections on the Queensland apology for past forced adoption in Australian Journal of Adoption, Vol 4, No 1,​ 


Jordan, T 2012 'Accessible, affordable and adoption-specific: post-adoption service challenges of the future, Australian Journal of Adoption, Vol 4, No 1.


Jordan, T. 2014 'Considerations for Improving the Processes for International Adoption' in Australian Journal of Adoption, Vol 8, No 1, 


Mackay, L. 1995 ‘Creating a Separate Identity: Differentiation and the Experience of Adoption’ in Has Adoption A Future?, Post Adoption Resource Centre, Sydney: pp. 158-166.


Midford, S. 1995 ‘Adoptive Parents' Attitudes to Searching for their Birth Family by their Adult Adopted Sons and Daughters’ in Has Adoption A Future?, Post Adoption Resource Centre, Sydney: pp. 166-185.


Moyer, A and Juang, L. 2011 ‘Adoption and Identity: Influence on Emerging Adults' Occupational and Parental Goals’ in Adoption Quarterly, Vol 14, No 1: pp. 1-17.


Müller, U and Perry, B. a. 2001 ‘Adopted Persons' Search for and Contact with Their Birth Parents ll’ in Adoption Quarterly, Vol 4, No 3, pp. 39-62.


Passmore, N. L., & Chipuer, H. M. (2009). Female adoptees’ perceptions of contact with their birth fathers: Satisfactions and dissatisfactions with the process. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79, 93-102.


Passmore, N. L., & Feeney, J. A. (2009). Reunions of adoptees who have met both birth parents: Post-reunion relationships and factors that facilitate and hinder the reunion process. Adoption Quarterly, 12, 100-119.


Passmore, N. L., Feeney, J. A., Peterson, C. C., & Shimmaki, K. (2006). Depression, emotional arousability, and perceptions of parenting in adult adoptees and non-adoptees. Adoption Quarterly, 9, 23-35.


Passmore, N. L., Fogarty, G. F., Bourke, C. J., & Baker-Evans, S. F. (2005). Parental bonding and identity style as correlates of self-esteem among adult adoptees and nonadoptees. Family Relations, 54, 523-534.


Passmore, N. L. (2004). Adoption and the Father heart of God: Helping adoptees deal with issues of identity and loss. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 23, 165-175.


Passmore, N, Feeney, J and Jordan, T 2009 'Eligibility Criteria for Intercountry Adoption and Outcomes for Adoptees A REview of the Research Evidence and Ethical Considerations', Australian Government, Canberra.


Rosenberg, E. and Horner, T. 1991 ‘Birthparent Romances and Identity Formation In Adopted Children’ in Orthopsychiat, Vol 61: pp. 70-77.


Smith, D. 1995 ‘Who Is My Parent?’ in Has Adoption A Future?, Post Adoption Resource Centre, Sydney: pp. 544-550.


Sparrow, J 2014 'Darling Adopted Daughter': searching for catharsis through the process of writing a memoir in Australian Journal of Adoption, Vol 8, No 2,


Sparrow, J 2015 'Darling Adopted Daughter': A practice-led exploration of adoption wounds through the writing of a memoir in Text Journal, Vol 19, No 2, 



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