Korean Adoptee Identity: Adoptive and Ethnic Identity Profiles of Adopted Korean Americans

Adam J. Beaupre, Reed Reichwald, Xiang Zhou, Elizabeth Raleigh, Rich Lee

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Adopted Korean adolescents face the task of grappling with their identity as Koreans and coming to terms with their adoptive status. In order to explore these dual identities, the authors conducted a person-centered study of the identity profiles of 189 adopted Korean American adolescents. Using cluster analytic procedures, the study examined patterns of commitment to ethnic and adoptive identities, revealing six conceptually unique identity clusters. Analyzing the association between these identity profiles and psychological adjustment, the study found that the identity profiles were undifferentiated with respect to behavioral development and risk behaviors. However, group differences were found on life satisfaction, school adjustment, and family functioning. Results confirm the importance of considering the collective impact of multiple social identities on a variety of outcomes. The social implications of the results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-61
Number of pages15
JournalNew directions for child and adolescent development
Issue number150
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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