USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Jenna Bowman

First Advisor

Dr. Vikki Gaskin-Butler

Second Advisor

Dr. Susan Allen Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Date Available

May 2013

Publication Date


Date Issued

May 2013


Finding birth parents can be an emotional time for everyone involved. This includes the birth parents, the adopted children, and the adopted parents as well. Much research has been conducted on how children and birth parents find each other. But what about the psychological effects finding birth parents has on the minds and well being of those involved? Is the experience positive or negative? Could there be a negative effect on the well-being of the family? What happens if the birth family accepts the child and continues to keep in touch? In the following pages, I will attempt to answer these questions along with others in order to complete a summary of possible paths taken by an adopted child in the process of finding his or her birth parents. As I research this process, I will also be attempting to find my birth parents, documenting my own thoughts and feelings regarding my adoption.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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