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Nova Perspectiva Sistêmica

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FERNANDES, Maitê Broering  and  SANTOS, Daniel Kerry dos. Meanings attributed by adoptive parents to late adoption and to the construction of parent-child bonds. Nova perspect. sist. [online]. 2019, vol.28, n.63, pp. 67-88. ISSN 0104-7841.

This paper analyses the meanings attributed by adoptive parents to the construction of parent-child bonds, that means, bonds that presuppose the feeling of belonging to a family. It presents the analysis of qualitative research, in which participated four late adopters (one father and three mothers) of different families living in the area of Greater Florianópolis (SC). Individual interviews were conducted through a semi-structured script. The narratives were analyzed according to the methodology of “discursive practices and meanings production analysis”, as proposed by Spink and Medrado (2013). The analysis indicates some meanings about the construction of parent-child bonds in cases of late adoption, such as: the necessity of constructing an adaptation to the child that is being included in the new family; integration of the child's past into the dynamics and history of the current family; understanding of aversive behaviors of the child; and promoting feelings of belonging. It is considered that the construction of parent-child bonds is an indicator of potential for success of the adoption process; and that this construction runs through the whole process, since the decision-making in adopting children until the strengthening of the parent-child bonds in the new family dynamics.

Keywords : Late Adoption; Bond; Parenting.

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