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China:US intercountry adoption: a Quantitative Grounded Theory Study

McBride, Sarah and KEVERN, Peter (2018) China:US intercountry adoption: a Quantitative Grounded Theory Study. International Journal of Sociology & Social Policy, 38 (7/8). ISSN 0144-333X

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This study sought to identify the factors influencing the scale and nature of intercountry adoption (ICA) between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America; and to describe the significance and contribution of each to ICA processes.
It took a documentary data analysis approach based upon Quantitative Grounded Theory; firstly interpreting available data and thematically analyzing the literature in order to identify correlations between changes in the data and the environment for ICA.
The results showed that changes in policies, ethical narratives and ideological shifts (principally the rise of nationalism) appeared to influence both the scale and type of ICAs in successive years.
This paper concluded that China:US ICA is likely to continue only in small numbers with older and special needs children. However, China:US adoptions provide some examples of ‘best practice’. Understanding the interplay of factors explored theoretically in this study may guide future ICA arrangements between other country-pairs.

Originality/value
Although a range of data have been collected on China:US ICA over a number of years, no systematic attempt has been made to link changes in those data to changes in the legal, social or cultural climate in which such adoptions take place. As well as providing new insights into the dynamics of ICA, the paper develops an original method which could be applied to parallel arrangements between other countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intercountry Child Adoption; ICA; Quantitative; Grounded Theory; adoption; policy
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Midwifery and Allied Health Professions
Depositing User: Peter KEVERN
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 13:19
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2018 09:28
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4164

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