Research student, School of Psychology
I am interested in the impact on educational experience and outcomes from the interplay between adopted adolescents’ identity development, parental aspirations, teacher perceptions of adoption and academic expectations.
Research topics and related papers
My research examines the psychological identity of adopted adolescents and considers how this relates to mental health, relations with parents and peers, academic and career aspirations. There is an identified disparity in educational experiences and outcomes between adopted children and their non-adopted peers. Adopted children as a cohort form a hidden and vulnerable group; recently available data illustrates significant underperformance for adopted children.Using a mixed methods approach I will be exploring the impact on education experience and outcomes through the concept of narrative adoptive identity by taking account of adolescents’ perspectives and how these relate to perceptions of adoption by parents and teachers.
Using a mixed methods approach I will be exploring the concept of narrative adoptive identity by taking account of adolescents’ perspectives and how these relate to perceptions of adoption by parents and teachers.
Economic & Social Research Council, School of Psychology
Identity of Adopted Adolescents