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Revista Subjetividades

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DIAS, Cristina  and  QUEIROZ, Edilene. The arrival of one brother adoptive: perceptions and experiences. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp. 222-233. ISSN 2359-0769.

This research aimed to investigate the perceptions and experiences of biological sons with the arrival of an adoptive brother. Seven adults were interviewed, aged between 19 to 40 years, who had at least one adoptive brother. The interviews were analyzed according to content analysis. Is was observed that, especially initially, feelings of ambivalence and readjustments in the family were necessary for the insertion of the new member, but coexistence founded the relationship between brothers. The great age difference between some brothers took the biological child to behave as parental brother. The treatment given by parents to existing children, as well as the preparation of these were essential to the acceptance of the adopted child. One can conclude that, in most cases, no difference was perceived in phratry by way of consanguinity or adoption as the emotional bonds between parents and children determine and mobilize both rivalries as fraternities.

Keywords : adoption; siblings; parents; fraternal relationship.

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