A unique loss : the experience of birthmothers in open adoption

Castle, Phillipa (2010) A unique loss : the experience of birthmothers in open adoption. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Since 1984, regular contact, or openness, between birthmothers and the adoptive family has been practised in the state of Victoria, Australia. Open arrangements, that is, face-to-face contact and information exchange, are written into the Adoption Order and legally ratified by the Victorian County Court. The aim of the study was to investigate the birthmother experience of relinquishment and subsequent contact within this circumstance. The study used a mixed method approach: in-depth semi structured interviews and standardised measures of grief symptoms, adverse childhood experiences, depression/anxiety and satisfaction.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15982
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords adoption, birthmothers, relinquishment, loss, grief
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