Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)
Adoption in literature; Children's literature; Adopted children; Adoptive parents; Asian American children; Social acceptance; Adjustment (Psychology);
This study looks at children’s literature to evaluate if Asian children adopted by white families in America may be inappropriately and inadequately portrayed as compared with the characteristics identified through the studies included in the literature review. Through this study the researcher used a quantitative methodology in the form of a content analysis of twenty-five children’s books. The content analysis was broken into four hypotheses: adoptive family demographics, social acceptance, cultural adjustment, and emotional adjustment. The research of this study found that the books were positively representative of the family and children demographics, adoptive experience in social acceptance, and cultural adjustment. The books were inaccurately representing the emotional adjustment of adoptees and their families.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Division of School Library Studies
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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© 2009 Rachel A. Burrow
Burrow, Rachel A., "The portrayal of Asian intercountry adoptees in children's literature" (2009). Graduate Research Papers. 53.