We have completed our twelve-year follow-up survey of families who have children adopted from South Korea. In 2007, more than 400 International Adoption Project (IAP) families completed surveys on the development and well-being of their adopted Korean children, ages 6-12. In 2014, we followed up roughly half the families whose children were now adolescents. Twelve years later, in the 2019-2020 academic year, we followed up with 146 Korean adult adoptees and 195 of their parents for a successful third wave of data collection.
Today, all the Korean adoptees are young adults. Some are in college, others are beginning their careers, and a few have started families. This 12-year longitudinal study provides a unique opportunity to study how cultural, ethnic, and racial experiences during childhood and adolescence can play a role in adult adjustment.
We are currently organizing all three waves of data for analysis.
Upcoming research opportunity: Post-Covid19 Survey of Korean Adoptees
Given the impact of the Covid19 pandemic in 2020, we are planning a follow-up survey for Korean adoptee participants. We will be compensating participants with a gift card. If you are interested in participating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This research is being conducted by Distinguished McKnight University Professor Richard Lee in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.