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dc.contributor.advisorMattaini, Marken_US
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Linda Nicoleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-17T18:38:55Z
dc.date.available2017-02-17T18:38:55Z
dc.date.created2016-12en_US
dc.date.issued2016-11-07en_US
dc.date.submittedDecember 2016en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/21568
dc.description.abstractThis study explores the experiences of contemporary birthmothers who voluntarily relinquish their infants for adoption through a licensed child placing agency. The qualitative approach utilizes elements of grounded theory underpinned by a constructivist paradigm. The nature of this qualitative inquiry aims to bring birthmothers’ voices to the forefront as a central focus of the study. This is particularly relevant to the population under study given that birthmothers’ voices and lived experiences have seldom been examined in the literature. Data was collected through in-depth interviews using a semistructured interview protocol. Through thematic analysis, major themes were identified. Findings from this study contribute to the knowledge base regarding contemporary birthmothers’ experiences of voluntary relinquishment, how birthmothers respond to relinquishment and risk and protective factors for relinquishment outcomes. Knowledge gained as a result of this study increases social work practitioners’ knowledge, which enhances their ability to provide support to birthmothers. Implications for policy, social work education and research are discussed. This study serves as a foundation for further inquiry.en_US
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dc.rightsCopyright 2017 Johnson, Linda Nicole
dc.subjectAdoption, Relinquishmenten_US
dc.titleBirthmothers’ Experiences of Voluntary Relinquishmenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentSocial Worken_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePhD, Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGleeson, James Pen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLeathers, Sonyaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFalconnier, Lydiaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFarris, Kimberlyen_US
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dc.contributor.chairMattaini, Marken_US


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