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MELLO, Ivana Suely Paiva Bezerra de  and  DIAS, Cristina Maria de Souza Brito. Percepção de homens e mulheres acerca de quem entrega um filho para adoção. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2003, vol.23, n.1, pp. 76-83. ISSN 1414-9893.

The objective of the present paper is to investigate how people see the attitude of those who give away his/her child for adoption and what circumstances this action involves. In order to do that 10 adults were interviewed and their answers classified by similar themes. So, we made up a questionnaire containing these themes which were applied to 60 (30 males and 30 females) people of different ages and professions. The following variables were analyzed: the personal characteristics of the parents, their motivations, the positives aspects of this donation, the consequences of this act in the life of the one who made the donation and also in the child’s life himself, the justification for the donation of a child and the right of a future meeting between the parents and the child. Although many ambivalences and contradictions were found, we concluded by a wider view of this problem. Specifically we observed that women tend to be more severe in their perception about the donors and the possibility of future meeting. On the other hand, men significantly pointed out that the donation takes place due to the lack of concern with a child.

Keywords : Donation/delivery; Parents who donate; Adoption.

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