Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
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The objectives of this study were to replicate or modify findings of previous studies describing demographic characteristics of white parents adopting black children, and to test a set of hypothesis derived from these studies. These parents were compared to a randomly selected group of white parents adopting white children. Data were collected from records of one public and three private agencies in the state of Oregon. Subjects were parents receiving a child for adoptive placement in 1968. Among the results were the following: white parents who adopt black children had more education and higher status occupations. They did not differ in yearly income, age, number of previous marriages, duration of marriage, or likelihood of having previously adopted children. They were more likely to have natural children and larger families. They were more likely to have a non-Christian religious affiliation or no religious affiliation, but, contrary to expectations, they were seen by the agency caseworkers as more involved in religious activity.
Hall, Patricia Lee, "A demographic study of transracial adoptive parents" (1971). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 703.