Journal Article

Perspectives on ‘Race’ and Adoption: The Views of Student Social Workers

DEREK KIRTON

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 5, pages 779-796
Published in print October 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/29.5.779
Perspectives on ‘Race’ and Adoption: The Views of Student Social Workers

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This article examines the views of 835 student social workers on race and adoption, focusing on support for transracial and same race adoption respectively. The two principal findings are first, one of great divergence of expressed views irrespective of background factors, and secondly, that, on balance, support for same race adoption is markedly stronger among minority ethnic student social workers than their white counterparts. Background data are used to analyse some of the influences which lie behind the views indicated, including those of social geography and the effects of teaching. Factor analysis identifies attitudes towards the nature and salience of ‘black identity’ as the most powerful indicator of overall perspectives on race and adoption. Finally, implications of the study's findings are discussed in the light of ongoing controversy regarding policy and practice in the family placement of minority ethnic children.

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Subjects: Social Work

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