Searching for Connection—Finding Resolution: A Grounded Theory Analysis of Writings of Korean American Adopted Adults

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Abstract

This study is a qualitative analysis of the writings of 40 Korean American adopted adults around the topic of birth family and culture. Utilizing grounded theory analysis, one main theoretical construct of “searching for connection—finding resolution” emerged from the writings. This construct represents a unique aspect of the transnational, transracial adoption identity journey. Within this main construct, there were four themes: (a) authentic self, (b) genetic connection to birth family and children), (c) adoptive family, and (d) cultural connection. The construct and themes add to the understanding of identity for adopted adults. These results also provide valuable information for mental health practitioners working with this population.

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