Transracial adoption of Koreans: A preliminary study of adjustment

  • Kevin L. Wickes
  • John R. Slate


Because of the increased incidence of transracial adoption, we explored psychological issues of self-concept and acculturation for a sample of 175 Korean adoptees who completed the following instruments: Self-Description Questionnaire-III, Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale, and the Asian American Cultural Identity Seale. Significant differences were found between our sample and the normative sample on the SDQ-III, with our sample scoring higher in Religion, Honesty, Relations with Opposite Sex, Physical Appearance, and General self-concept and lower in Math, Emotional Stability, and Relations with Parents. The later the age at which Korean adoptees were placed, the higher their Math and Honesty self-concept subscores were. The Verbal self-concept score, however, was negatively related with age of placement of Korean adoptees. In general, our findings suggested that certain aspects of self-concept were influenced by early or later placement of Korean adoptees. Implications of findings are discussed.


Normative Sample Physical Appearance Cultural Identity American Cultural Emotional Stability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin L. Wickes
    • 1
  • John R. Slate
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology Dept.Taylor UniversityUplandU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of Educational Leadership, College of EducationValdosta State UniversityValdostaU.S.A.

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