Adoption Behavior of U.S. Women

Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 29)


This chapter is the first of two demographic analysis chapters. Chapter 4 examines adoption behavior in the United States, through an analysis of Cycle 6 of the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). As is noted in Chapter 3 the NSFG’s main strength as a data source on adoption, according to Bachrach (1986), is it provides data comparing the women who adopt, those who place children for adoption, and those who do not adopt. Thus, the NSFG is the best source for individual-level data (Bachrach, 1986; Chandra, Abma, Maza, & Bachrach, 1999). Arguably, with the completion of the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents this may no longer be the case (e.g. see Section 1.4.1). However, the NSFG has the added value of being a longitudinal and currently ongoing survey, which allows researchers to document trends. This chapter looks at adoption, with specific emphasis on female adopters using available data from the NSFG female respondent files in two sections. First, we explore commonly associated with increasing or predicting the likelihood of adopting a child. Second, we then examine the effects of race and ethnicity on the predictors of adoption behavior.


African American Woman High School Degree Adoptive Parent Biological Child Latin Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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