Bronfenbrenner's Adoption Theory

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We as individuals and humans will encounter several things throughout the course of our life that will impact and shape us, weather it be religious views, our upbringing, or life events, all play an important role in our development. Urie Bronfenbrenner, a psychologist, believed that how a child and his environment interacted with each other will influence how a child will develop and grow. In Bronfenbrenner’s theory of human development he separates a child's environment into five systems they are, the microsystem, this is the child’s immediate environment, the mesosystem, which is the interactions and connections between the child and the microsystem, the exosystem, which is the system that the child will not directly be in but will have…show more content…
It is less formal and typically involves a related family member taking that child into their home and raising them. However it is very common for people to adopt children outside of their own country, this process is known as international adoption or intercountry adoption. As with any adoption complications can arise, in Sweden 5,942 internationally adopted children were studied and compared with people of the same ages, general population, and immigrants within Sweden. The study showed that the children adopted often had psychiatric problems and received long term help from social welfare services. It also brought to light ethical problems within international adoption. The study “Intercountry adopted children as young adults--A Swedish cohort study” says,…show more content…
Trafficking in children has been unveiled in some countries (Tizard, 1991). The adoptees’ loss of ties to the history and culture of their birth country has been 5 highlighted, especially so in Australia (Maluccio, Ainsworth, & Thoburn, 2000). Other authors have argued that intercountry adoptees may look upon themselves as outsiders in the receiving country (e.g., McRoy, Zurcher, Lauderdale, & Anderson, 1982). It has also been argued that a source country such as South Korea may be discouraged from developing an adequate child welfare program as a side effect of intercountry adoptions (Sarri, Baik, & Bombyk, 1998).”. IMPLICATIONS As stated earlier both past and current circumstances play a role in an adopted childs life. Adoption isn’t something to be taken lightly, as shown it can have serious consequences for the child that is being adopted. People who are planing to adopt should be educated and not go into it blindly, it can be a beautiful thing but not without its challenges, both for the adopters and
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