THE EXTENT OF ADJUSTMENT OF CHILDREN IN FAMILIES WITH BIOLOGICAL AND ADOPTED CHILDREN
Alfred Afamefuna Ezejiegwu.
Department of Educational Psychology.
Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra State-Nigeria
International Journal of Arts and Social Sciences (IJRASS)
Oasis International Journal Series
Vol. 1 No. 1
This study investigated the extent of adjustment of children in families with biological and adopted children.
The purpose of the study is to ascertain the children’s adjustment from the two families. The descriptive survey
design was adopted in the study. One research question and one hypothesis guided the study. The population of
the study comprised about 1,883,952 children in the area. The sample comprised 352 children selected through
purposive sampling technique. A researcher developed questionnaire duly validated by experts was used in data
collection. The reliability coefficient of 0.84 was found using Cronbach Alpha. The researcher administered the
instrument. Mean ratings and t-test were used in data analysis. Findings indicate that both children in biological
and adopted families perceived a low extent of adjustment in their families. It was therefore recommended that
adoptive parents should make personal efforts to improve their family adjustments in order to help the children
adjust well in their families.
Keywords: Extent, adjustment, children, families, biological and adopted
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