One way in which intercountry adoptees can elaborate on their past history is through travelling to their country of birth. This article explores the memories and experiences recalled by a group of adoptees who visited their homeland after being adopted as children by Italian families. The sample comprised 34 participants aged between 12 and 40 years who visited their birth country between 2000 and 2013. In 2017–2018, they were asked to complete a questionnaire designed to obtain retrospective recall of their experiences and feelings on return to Italy, and how their ethnic identity and psychological well-being had been affected by the trip. The results revealed that the adoptees’ emotional experiences during the return visit significantly affected their feelings towards adoption itself and that it changed their sense of belonging both to Italy and the country where they were born. Most also perceived their return travel as a momentous occasion which increased their overall knowledge about their birth country and its culture. The results are significant for providing new information about how international adoptees incorporate their homeland culture into their lives.

Santona, A., Tognasso, G., Carella, C., Gorla, L., Raymondi, M., & Chistolini, M. (2022). Psychological implications of the ‘Back to the Origins' journey for intercountry adoptees. ADOPTION & FOSTERING, 46(1), 60-72 [10.1177/03085759221080216].

Psychological implications of the ‘Back to the Origins' journey for intercountry adoptees

Santona, Alessandra;Tognasso, Giacomo
;
Gorla, Laura;
2022

Abstract

One way in which intercountry adoptees can elaborate on their past history is through travelling to their country of birth. This article explores the memories and experiences recalled by a group of adoptees who visited their homeland after being adopted as children by Italian families. The sample comprised 34 participants aged between 12 and 40 years who visited their birth country between 2000 and 2013. In 2017–2018, they were asked to complete a questionnaire designed to obtain retrospective recall of their experiences and feelings on return to Italy, and how their ethnic identity and psychological well-being had been affected by the trip. The results revealed that the adoptees’ emotional experiences during the return visit significantly affected their feelings towards adoption itself and that it changed their sense of belonging both to Italy and the country where they were born. Most also perceived their return travel as a momentous occasion which increased their overall knowledge about their birth country and its culture. The results are significant for providing new information about how international adoptees incorporate their homeland culture into their lives.
Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
ethnic identity; Intercountry adoption; return trips; well-being;
English
60
72
13
Santona, A., Tognasso, G., Carella, C., Gorla, L., Raymondi, M., & Chistolini, M. (2022). Psychological implications of the ‘Back to the Origins' journey for intercountry adoptees. ADOPTION & FOSTERING, 46(1), 60-72 [10.1177/03085759221080216].
Santona, A; Tognasso, G; Carella, C; Gorla, L; Raymondi, M; Chistolini, M
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Psychological implications of the Back to the Origins journey for intercountry adoptees.pdf

accesso aperto

Tipologia di allegato: Publisher’s Version (Version of Record, VoR)
Dimensione 147.04 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
147.04 kB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/10281/371845
Citazioni
  • Scopus 0
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 0
Social impact