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The transition to single parent adoption for women at midlife Chopping, Sandra Patricia

Abstract

A qualitative, phenomenological research design was used to explore the experience of the transition to single parent adoption for women at mid-life. The participants were ten women ranging in age from 43 to 52 years of age who had adopted within the last five years and who had been a parent for at least one year. In individual, in-depth taped interviews, the women described the meaning and experience of the transition to single parent adoption. A thematic analysis procedure based on the work of Colaizzi (1978) was used to develop the common and unique themes of the participants. Analysis of the data revealed there were two patterns that illustrated a complex and challenging transition process. The results of this study are described in relation to their implications for counselling and further research studies.

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