Generational Boundaries in Adopted Children Research Proposal by Nicky

Generational Boundaries in Adopted Children
A research proposal to explore generational boundary dissolution among families of adopted children.
# 147078 | 5,265 words | 27 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper presents a study to compare families that have adopted pre-teens and teen-aged children with those who are still with their birth parents, in order to understand how generational boundaries develop. The paper outlines the research problem and relates the hypothesis that children from adoptive families will demonstrate a higher degree of parental or mate-like qualities than those who are still with their birth parents. The paper also presents the research design as well as a literature review on attachments, relationships and adoption. The paper contends that the study will contribute to an overall understanding of generational boundary dissolution and will play an important role in the development of future therapy techniques.

The Research Problem
Literature Summary
Research Design

From the Paper:

"Generational boundary dissolution presents as a crisis in many families. Generational boundaries are important for the development of the individual, within the framework of the family system. The area of generational boundaries is a relatively new concept in the field of family therapy. At this point, many of the techniques used are based on theory, rather than empirically tested ideals. Research into this area is young, presenting many avenues for exploration and research.
"Much of the research into generational boundaries is based on the two-parent family model (Madden-Derdich, Estrada, Ulloa, & Updegraff, et al., 2002). This research will utilize theory and methods developed to date, only it will apply it to a unique situation within the family structure. This research will utilize interactional analysis to examine generational boundary dissolution among families of adoptive children. The premise is based on the theory that parental boundaries are established early in life (Barber, 2001). By adolescence, these patterns are destined to have a dramatic impact on the development of adolescents."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barber, B. (2001). Intrusive Parenting: How Psychological Control Affects Children and Adolescents. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Beckett, C., Castle, J., & Groorhues, C., et al. (2008), The experience of adoption (2): association between communicative openness and self-esteem in adoption. British Association for Adoption and Fostering. 32 (1): abstract. Retrieved 15 January 2009 from
  • Benson J. & Fanshel, D. (1970) How They Fared in Adoption: A Follow-Up Study. New York: Columbia University Press: 311-313. Retrieved 15 January 2009 from
  • Berzonsky, M. (2004). Identity Style, Parental Authority and Identity Commitment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 33 (3): 213.
  • Feeney, J., Passmore, N., & Peterson, C. (2007). Adoption, attachment, and relationship concerns: A study of adult adoptees. Personal Relationships. 14 (1): 129-147.

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

Generational Boundaries in Adopted Children (2011, February 16) Retrieved June 22, 2021, from

MLA Format

"Generational Boundaries in Adopted Children" 16 February 2011. Web. 22 June. 2021. <>