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  1. Introduction
  2. Finding birth parents willing to take part in the study
  3. The independent variable in the study
  4. The first thing to do
  5. A strong correlation between personality of the adopted parents and the child
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

Adoption is a word that is thrown around all too much today in the English language. In 2004, we adopt a greyhound, adopt a soldier overseas, and adopt a tree. Needless to say, all of these uses for ?adopt? has led the masses to be distracted as to what adoption truly is. The true definition of child adoption is ?a legal proceeding that creates parent-child relations between persons not related by blood; [and] the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents? (Wordnet 2.0 Online. 2004). In my case, this is exactly what adoption means for me as well. I was adopted shortly after birth, never living with my birth parents. A wonderful couple took me into their hearts and home, always telling me that ?even though you are not the child of our bodies, you are still the child of our heart.? After being adopted over nineteen years ago, it is not something I remember; though it is something I still have questions about. Just as every adolescent questions, ?Who am I?? many adopted persons deal with the same lingering thoughts.

[...] This will most likely be the hardest and most time consuming part, because I only want to study an adopted child if I am also able to test both birth parents and both biological parents. Each participant will be offered twenty five dollars and access to the results of the study when finished as a small incentive if they take part in the study. I would then schedule them to come in separately for two hour blocks of time. In the first half hour, I would have a proctor discuss with them what they will be doing, and explain to them that all results will be confidential. [...]

[...] No ethics board would ever pass a study that let experimenters randomly take children away from parents and adopt them to other families. Overall a correlational study would be the most ethical and easiest to accomplish. In terms of expenses, a correlational study would be easiest to do because it is not longitudinal and it involves just one meeting to accomplish the study. There seems to be still much of a debate if adopted children more closely resemble their birth parents or their biological parents. [...]

[...] I will first talk to the financial office and get a listing of ?middle class families? and then randomly select from there. By randomly selecting I would hopefully get an even mix of races, genders, and ethnic backgrounds. (Augustana would not be appropriate to use due to the limited ethnic diversity). I would contact all potential participants (both biological and adopted families) via telephone first to offer the study to them, then proceed to set up a meeting in which the participants would receive in writing the terms and agreements of the study, and also take part in the study. [...]

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