Annotated Bibliography 4 - Chinese adults and the racial...

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Thomas, K., & Tessler, R. (2007) Bicultural Socialization Among Adoptive Families: Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way. Journal of Family Issues , 28, 1189-1215. Thomas and Tessler (2007) explored the factors that enable adoptive Chinese children to achieve bicultural competence in their longitudinal survey of parents who adopted children from China in the 1990s. They selected a random sample from a national organization of Families with children from China and surveyed 327 parents in 1996 and 2001 about their attitudes toward bicultural socialization. Of the parents who answered the survey, 83.5% were women and 73% were married. Parental importance of Chinese socialization was assessed by the questions regarding their children learning about Chinese language, culture, food, history, and values. Thomas and Tessler (2007) indicated that children’s levels of Chinese cultural competence were strongly influenced by parental attitudes toward bicultural socialization, parental social networks of
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Unformatted text preview: Chinese adults, and the racial composition of the community. The special concern for is “the transracial adoption paradox,” where the adoptees are raised as if they are a part of the European American culture while maintaining their non-white phenotype. This conflicting experience becomes more confusing as the adoptees enter adolescence and deal with their identity. Adoptive parents should communicate an acceptance of racial and ethnic differences and promote bicultural competence for their children to develop a healthy racial identity. In order to practice the implications of this study, adoption agencies should develop informative resources for the parents to expose their transracial adoptive children to their birth culture. In conclusion, this research encourages parental involvement in bicultural socialization and suggests further research on the relationship between a bicultural identity and future psychosocial development....
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