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Growing up adopted in Denmark

In 2017 VIVE – The Danish Center for Social Science Research published a report about Danish non-kin adoptees as young adults. The analyses in the report used both registry data about Danish non-kin adoptees born in 1989-1994 (N=3,180) and qualitative interview data [18 life story interviews]. The report investigated a range of topics such as adoption family characteristics, mental health, post-adoption out-of-home placement and educational outcomes, adoption openness, identity, and discrimination. The conference presentation will primarily draw on the results about mental health, openness and identity addressing how these aspects influence the lives of non-kin adoptees in late adolescence and as they come of age.

 

About Rikke Fuglsang Olsen and Sofie Henze-Pedersen

Rikke Fuglsang Olsen holds a PhD in political science and is Senior Researcher at VIVE – the Danish Center for Social Science Research. Much of her research has a life course course perspective and focus on how events in childhood and adolescence influence outcomes in adulthood. Her research includes studies of non-kin adoptees, children placed in out-of-home care and at-risk children and youth. Olsen is a quantitative researcher and her studies are based on registry and survey data.

Sofie Henze-Pedersen is an anthropologist and holds a PhD in Sociology. She is a Researcher at VIVE – the Danish Center for Social Science Research. Her main research interest concern childhood studies and family studies with a focus on children and young people’s perspectives. Her research is based on qualitative methods and includes studies of non-kin adoptees, children placed in out-of-home care as well as children experiencing violence.

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