Birth mothers and oppression

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Lewis, Kathy M.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1999
This study uses a heuristic method of inquiry to examine the adoption experience of six birth mothers. Using Young's (1990) theory of social justice and five categories of oppression as a framework, the participants were asked to relate the events of their adoption experience. Using computer electronic mail as the method of communication, participants were interviewed over a three-week period. Participants examined the events leading up to their pregnancy, the pregnancy itself and the short and long-term implications of the decision to surrender their baby to adoption. The major finding of this study is that all the birth mothers perceived and experienced forms of oppressive trauma across the spectrum of their adoption experience. Recommendations are made for change in adoption practice.
viii, 95 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Birthmothers -- Canada -- Case studies , Birthmothers -- Canada -- Psychology , Adoption -- Canada