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dc.contributor.authorSayre, Jennifer Annen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-04T08:01:25Z
dc.date.available2014-06-04T08:01:25Z
dc.date.issued2014-06-03en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:3090en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/48426
dc.description.abstractAdoption is an important family structure in The United States. In 2013, more than 1.7 million children were adopted including domestic, International, and foster care adoptions in the U.S. I examine the perceived and received support from grandparents to adoptive families and the impact it has on the families' lives. Qualitative methods in the form of semi-structured open-ended interviews were used to conduct 28 interviews with adoptive parents. My findings reveal that maternal grandmothers were more likely to be supportive and involved in adoptive families compared to other grandparents. Secondly, perceived support was directly mentioned or implied by every adoptive family. Third, single mothers expressed more desire for and instances of grandparent support. Fourth, the majority of grandparents who were initially hesitant or reluctant about adoption were later supportive and accepting of the adopted child(ren). Fifth, most adoptive families received and perceived support. However, some families who did not receive or perceive much support were able to find alternative support systems. Finally, verbal and emotional supports were the most reported forms of support from grandparents to adoptive families. Almost all adoptive families reported some level of emotional and/or verbal support from one or more grandparent. Future research can more thoroughly examine family outcomes from grandparent support. Looking at the other support systems adoptive families use is an additional area of future research.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectSocial Supporten_US
dc.subjectFamilyen_US
dc.subjectGrandparentsen_US
dc.subjectResilienceen_US
dc.subjectAdoptionen_US
dc.titleGrandparent Support for Families with Non-Biological Adopted Childrenen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairVogt Yuan, Anastasia Sueen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHarrison, Anthony Kwameen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBailey, Carol A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFuller, Theodore D.en_US


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