Understanding the Social Environments of Adoption


The purpose of this study is to understand how the pre-adoptive experiences of adopted adolescents may affect their current social integration. Principal researcher is an adoptive mother and advocate for adoptive families. 

No travel is required, the researcher will travel for interviews. Gift card will be given to adolescent for participation. 

If your child is interested in participating, please contact Catherine Hamilton:


  •  One or two meeting(s) for 1.5 hours total time, with another possible follow-up visit
  • Interview and survey


  • Parent/guardian agrees adolescent can participate in the study
  • An adolescent adopted before the age of seven (7) and is now 12-18 years old 
  • English speaking
  • No travel is required by participants; Researcher will travel

Study Information Flyer



Can be done from home



adolescents, adopted , trauma, childhood, adoption

Principal Investigator

Catherine Hamilton, ARNP

Sponsoring Group

Department of Community Health and Family Medicine

Contact Information



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