Confronting the conspiracy of silence and denial of difference for late discovery adoptive persons and donor conceived people
Riley, Helen (2013) Confronting the conspiracy of silence and denial of difference for late discovery adoptive persons and donor conceived people. Australian Journal of Adoption, 7(2).
This article outlines the impact that a conspiracy of silence and denial of difference has had on some adopted and donor conceived persons who have been lied to or misled about their origins.
Factors discussed include deceit - expressed as a central secret which undermines the fabric of a family and through distortion mystifies communication processes; the shock of discovery - often revealed accidentally and the associated sense of betrayal when this occurs; and a series of losses, for example, kinship, medical history, culture and agency which result in having to rebuild personal identity.
By providing those affected with a voice, validation and vindication healing can begin. Any feelings of disregard, of betrayal of trust, of anger, frustration, sorrow or loss, need to be regarded as real, expected, and above all, a valid reaction to what has occurred.
The author is a 'late discoverer' of her adoption and draws on the information from her doctoral research on the same topic which was completed in 2012.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||adoption, donor conception, late discovery|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Bioethics (human and animal) (220101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Human Rights and Justice Issues (220104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified (220199)
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 The author.|
|Deposited On:||15 Jul 2013 00:03|
|Last Modified:||17 Jul 2013 10:07|
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