Friday, May 30, 2008

Just Another Adoption Book

The adoption books that come out really make me laugh. this is a new one:

Adoption: Unchartered Waters by David Kirschner, Ph.D. is a bit like the Kinsey report in the sense that the people they interviewed were already troubled (in the case of Kinsey - sexual deviants and perverts - in my opinion). Some data sources included the diaries of convicted child molesters, 25% were, or had been, prison inmates, and 5% were male prostitutes. Really not a good mix of people to get accurate results...

This adoption data gathered is also like walking into a Union hall and taking a poll about which presidential candidate would win, or going into a stage production of La Cage Aux Folles and use the actors to poll how many gay men there are in the US....
It's just NOT a good section of the population to do a true study.

David Kirschner is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with a private practice. He founded and directed for 25 years, a community mental health clinic and used all his "data" from patients for this book about how adoptees are not coping well.....that makes me laugh.

The sad thing is Dr. Kirschner is nationally and internationally recognized for his clinical & forensic work on adoption issues, and for his concept of an Adopted Child Syndrome. (what is the percentage of adoptees that have that? As far as he is concerned - most so).

God bless him for trying to open records....and I'm sure he has helped the small number of patients who actually do have a problem with their adoptions....but this guy THINKS he knows adoptees like people that work in nursing homes THINK they know old people. They don't see the other side of it....they are very bias one way....because of their own limited experience. People that come to see this guy already have trouble.....he never talks to the millions of happy adoptees out there....
I hope there was more for happy adult adoptees to write about - but they wouldn't sell....and who has time to write books about a happy normal life when you are busy living it???

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