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Journal of the Korean Home Economics Association 2011;49(2):85-95. doi: https://doi.org/10.6115/khea.2011.49.2.085
The Development and Evaluation of a Program to Improve Parent-Child Attachment in Families Adopting an Older Child
Hyewon Shin1, Ickjoong Chung2, Sunghye Min3, Jisung Kwon4
1Department of Childhood, Seokyeong University
2Graduate School of Social Welfare, Ewha Womans University
3Department of Child Care, Cyber University of Korea
4Department of Social Welfare, Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary
Corresponding Author: Ickjoong Chung ,Tel: +82-10-3592-9102, Email: ichung@ewha.ac.kr
Received: December 31, 2010; Revised: January 4, 2011   Accepted: January 21, 2011.
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate an attachment improvement program for families adopting an older child. The objectives and contents of this program reflected on the experiences of adopted parents and the characteristics of older-age adoptee children with attachment disruption. The program consisted of three components: parent-child relationship building, parenting skills enhancement for adopted parents, and negative emotions mediation for the older-age adoptees. The subjects of program were eight parent-child dyads. Differences between pre- and post-test data showed statistically significant improvements in the quality of parent-child relationships, communication levels with parents, and the parents' autonomic levels. There was also a reduction in the children's social problems. The implications of this study were discussed in terms of improving parent-child attachments in families adopting an older child.
Keywords: adoption, adopting an older child, older-age adoptee, attachment, parent-child relationship, attachment improvement program
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