A framework for the analysis of the social processes in the adoption of disabled children

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/600858
Title:
A framework for the analysis of the social processes in the adoption of disabled children
Authors:
Bunt, Sarah
Abstract:
Summary: There is a dearth of literature on the adoption of disabled children within the UK, and that which has been published is somewhat dated and often characterised by largely empiricist approach, which is perhaps surprising in view of the fact that the study of adult disability has benefited so greatly from an understanding of the social processes involved. Cousins (2009), for example, has suggested that disabled children are profoundly disadvantaged in the adoption process by the negativity associated with the social construction of disability. Findings: This article seeks to develop a framework that provides a theoretically informed and multidimensional approach to the understanding of the adoption of disabled children. It does so by drawing on Layder's delineation of different levels of analysis. This entails examining wider macro features that influence adoption processes, right through to the micro interactions between adopters and adoption agencies. The article also applies Bourdieu's concept of the habitus to assist in our understanding of how individual agents internalise the messages around them, which can influence and mediate their actions in adoption. Application: This framework indicates that adoption outcomes for disabled children can only be understood within wider social processes, which can affect not only individual adoptions themselves, but also the practice of adoption generally. This has implications for both research and practice, for if, on the one hand, it provides a more comprehensive framework for the conduct of research, and it also potentially enables practice to be informed by wider considerations other than those occurring in the immediate context of the adoption.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Bunt, S. (2013) 'A framework for the analysis of the social processes in the adoption of disabled children'. Journal of Social Work 14 (5):524
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
22-Mar-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/600858
DOI:
10.1177/1468017313478901
Additional Links:
http://jsw.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1468017313478901
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1468-0173; 1741-296X
Appears in Collections:
Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorBunt, Sarahen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-08T11:23:39Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-08T11:23:39Zen
dc.date.issued2013-03-22en
dc.identifier.citationBunt, S. (2013) 'A framework for the analysis of the social processes in the adoption of disabled children'. Journal of Social Work 14 (5):524en
dc.identifier.issn1468-0173en
dc.identifier.issn1741-296Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1468017313478901en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/600858en
dc.description.abstractSummary: There is a dearth of literature on the adoption of disabled children within the UK, and that which has been published is somewhat dated and often characterised by largely empiricist approach, which is perhaps surprising in view of the fact that the study of adult disability has benefited so greatly from an understanding of the social processes involved. Cousins (2009), for example, has suggested that disabled children are profoundly disadvantaged in the adoption process by the negativity associated with the social construction of disability. Findings: This article seeks to develop a framework that provides a theoretically informed and multidimensional approach to the understanding of the adoption of disabled children. It does so by drawing on Layder's delineation of different levels of analysis. This entails examining wider macro features that influence adoption processes, right through to the micro interactions between adopters and adoption agencies. The article also applies Bourdieu's concept of the habitus to assist in our understanding of how individual agents internalise the messages around them, which can influence and mediate their actions in adoption. Application: This framework indicates that adoption outcomes for disabled children can only be understood within wider social processes, which can affect not only individual adoptions themselves, but also the practice of adoption generally. This has implications for both research and practice, for if, on the one hand, it provides a more comprehensive framework for the conduct of research, and it also potentially enables practice to be informed by wider considerations other than those occurring in the immediate context of the adoption.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://jsw.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1468017313478901en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Social Worken
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectadoptionen
dc.subjectdisabilityen
dc.subjectchildrenen
dc.subjectchildren and familiesen
dc.subjectfamily placementen
dc.subjectfamilyen
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.titleA framework for the analysis of the social processes in the adoption of disabled childrenen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Social Worken
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