Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology


Social Work.




The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine reunion outcomes between adult adoptees and birth relatives. The majority of the birth mothers reported that they experienced grief and sorrow regarding the relinquishment of the child. Many birth mothers hoped to have a reunion with the child, but fears of intruding prevented them from searching. All of the subjects reported that they did not feel fully prepared for the reunion experience. Over 90% of the subjects had a positive initial reaction to their reunion partner. Seventy-two percent of the respondents believed they had a close relationship with their partner and were satisfied with the reunion outcome. A majority of the adoptees and birth relatives stated that they felt better about themselves after the reunion. Over 90% of the respondents reported that they had experienced problems with the relationship since the reunion. There was a positive relationship between satisfaction with the reunion and the development of a relationship between participants. The amount of spousal support for the reunion was related to the outcome measures. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .S353. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0564. Thesis (M.S.W.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.