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Análise Psicológica

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FERREIRA, Sílvia A.; PIRES, António  and  SALVATERRA, Fernanda. Filho do coração... : Adopção e comportamento parental . Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2004, vol.22, n.2, pp.399-411. ISSN 0870-8231.

This dissertation has for goal the understanding of the feelings and life-stile of adoptive mothers, evaluating the strategies that they found to copy with this particularly situation. We have made and analysed five semi-structure interviews, according to the Grounded Theory method, to adoptive mothers with ages between twenty-seven and forty years old, whose children have ages between three months and six years. Thereby it's demonstrated the emergency of five stages: the desire to have a child; the medical/hospital treatments; the desire to adopt; planning the child's arrival, and at last, the achievement of the desire to became a mother. The transition and connection of these phases were made by the undergoing of some points as, the perception of a problem (infertility), the failure of the medical treatments and the transition to an adoptive parenthood, the reunion with the technician and the going home of the new family.

Keywords : Children; parents; parental behaviour; adoption; Grounded Theory; desire to be a mother.

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