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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 (In Press)

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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.

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.

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Additional Information: Accepted by email. The text is: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy - Decision on Manuscript ID IJSSP-12-2017-0176.R1 REPLYREPLY ALLFORWARD Mark as unread International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy <> Thu 08/02/2018 09:38 Inbox To:; KEVERN Peter; You forwarded this message on 08/02/2018 10:49. Get more appsAction Items 08-Feb-2018 Dear Dr. Kevern: It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript entitled "China:US intercountry adoption: a Quantitative Grounded Theory Study" in its current form for publication in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. The comments of the reviewer(s) who reviewed your manuscript are included at the foot of this letter. By publishing in this journal, your work will benefit from Emerald EarlyCite. This is a pre-publication service which allows your paper to be published online earlier, and so read by users and, potentially, cited earlier. Provisionally, this will appear in the 2018 Volume, Issue 7/8. Please go to your Author Centre at (Manuscripts with Decisions for the submitting author or Manuscripts I have co-authored for all listed co-authors) to complete the copyright assignment form. We cannot publish your paper without this. All authors are requested to complete the form and to input their full contact details. If any of the contact information is incorrect you can update it by clicking on your name at the top right of the screen. Please note that this must be done prior to you submitting your copyright form. If you would like more information about Emerald’s copyright policy, please visit the Information & Forms section in your Author Centre. If you have an ORCID please check your account details to ensure that your ORCID is validated. FOR OPEN ACCESS AUTHORS: Please note if you have indicated that you would like to publish your article as Open Access via Emerald’s Gold Open Access route, you are required to complete a Creative Commons Attribution Licence - CCBY 4.0 (in place of the standard copyright assignment form referenced above). You will receive a follow up email within the next 30 days with a link to the CCBY licence and information regarding payment of the Article Processing Charge. If you have indicated that you might be eligible for a prepaid APC voucher, you will also be informed at this point if a voucher is available to you (for more information on APC vouchers please see Thank you for your contribution. On behalf of the Editors of International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, we look forward to your continued contributions to the Journal. Sincerely, Prof. Colin Williams Editor, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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: 11 Jul 2018 15:08

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