Nonsearchers also showed the least maladjustment

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Nonsearchers also showed the least maladjustment. Searchers also reported more treatment for substance abuse and use of mental health services or medications than Nonsearchers (Cubito, 200). While it is nearly impossible to tell if Kevin, the adoptee blogger, has any psychological maladjustment, it is possible to tell a little about his personality. It is easy to see that he is not perfectly happy. He struggles with finding himself and definitely has anger toward the adoption system and how tightly sealed everything is. He is passionate about unsealing adoption records. He is often angry about that, but also reports bouts of depression and overwhelming emotion. It is possible that his stress is a result of trying to find his birth parents. He is an active Searcher and that is a viable cause of distress. One of his readers left a comment that they feel no need to search for their birth parents because they are very happy with how they have turned out with the parents who raised them. This person could possibly be happier and less stressed than Kevin because they are a Nonsearcher. Discussion There is the beginning of a small but determined movement by men and researchers to change people's ideas of men's roles in adoption. The men want to be heard and they want to have a say in what happens to the children in their situation. It will take time, but hopefully people will start listening
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The Hidden Voices 13 to birth father and not think about them as dead-beat-dads any more. Hopefully adoptive dads whoa re sterile will be able to come to terms easier with their perceived unmaniless. Hopefully male adoptees will speak up and let their voices and stories be known.
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The Hidden Voices 14 References Burrow, A., Tubman, J., & Finley, G. (2004). Adolescent adjustment in a nationally collected sample: identifying group differences by adoption status, adoption subtype, developmental stage and gender. Journal of Adolescence, 27(3), 267-282. Cubito, D. S., & Obremski-Brandon, K. (2000). Psychological adjustment in adult adoptees: assessment of distress, depression, and anger.American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 70(3), 408- 413. Dalen, M., Hjern, A., Lindblad, F., Odenstad, A., Ramussen, F., & Vinnerljung, B. (2008). Educational attainment and cognitive competence in adopted men — a study of international and national adoptees, siblings and a general swedish population. Children and Youth Services Review,30(10), 1211–1219. Finley, G. E. (2002). Birth father rights and legislative interventions. Adoption Quarterly, 6(1), 1-5. Foli, K. J., & Gibson, G. C. (2011). Sad adoptive dads: paternal depression in the post-adoption period.International Journal of Men's Health, 10(2), 153-162. Freeark, K., Rosenberg, E. B., Bornstein, J., Jozefowicz-Simbeni, D., Linkevich, M., & Lohnes, K. (2005). Gender differences and dynamics in shaping the adoption life cycle: Review of the literature and recommendations. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75(1), 86-101.
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