The Adopted Child and a Place to Belong: an Adlerian Perspective

The trauma experienced by adopted children is greatly underestimated and largely misunderstood by the mental health community as well as society at large. For the adopted child, finding a place to belong presents unique challenges. Research indicates that separation and loss from a person‘s biological family has a profound effect on his or her ability to trust and develop healthy relationships. From an Adlerian vantage point, this paper discusses the difficulties adopted children face as they navigate the developmental stages of the life cycle in search of a place to belong. Recommendations for treatment from an Adlerian perspective as well as current trends in therapy are also presented.

Mary Einarson
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