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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994, Adoption-Case studies, Adoption-Psychological aspects, Adopted children-Psychology, Child development, Heroes (Television program), Bennett, Claire (Fictitious character), Social constructionism, Adoptee development, Stigma, Brodzinsky, David, Families, Family, Kring, Tim, 1957-


This theoretical study explored the social construction of adoption present within North American discourse and how this has impacted subsequent theoretical understandings of adoptee development. This was done with a particular emphasis on Eriksonian theories of adoptee development. This study utilized a cultural artifact, namely the character of Claire in Tim Kring's (2006) television show, Heroes. Claire's case is then used to compare current uses of Eriksonian theories of psychosocial ego development with possible, more comprehensive iterations of Erikson's theory. The impact and relevance to social work theory, research and practice are discussed.




iv, 142 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 138-142)