Open Access Graduate Research Paper
This content analysis study examines adoptees and their families in nineteen young adult novels. An analysis was made of the adoptees sense of identity, the decision to search for their birth families, and their familial relationships. Sixty-three percent of the adoptees speculated about their birth families. Fifty-three percent of the characters did search for their birth families. Of that group, ninety percent had doubts during the search. In the conclusion of the novels sixty-three percent continued to have a relationship with both their adoptive and birth families, and thirty-seven percent maintained a relationship with only their adoptive family.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
Marjorie L. Pappas
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©1999 Suzanne K. Duneman
Duneman, Suzanne K., "A look at adoption through young adult fiction" (1999). Graduate Research Papers. 1971.