Karin Garber, a Korean adoptee and doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, has asked us to share a research request with our adoptees. We think that research on adoption and the ways it is processed throughout a person’s lifetime is essential to determining best practices in adoption and serving adoptees, birth families and adoptive families. For this reason, we’d like to pass along her request to you.
Garber is collecting data for her dissertation and seeking participants who are adopted from Korea and ages 18 and up. Her dissertation is on social experiences (such as microaggressions) that Korean adoptees may have with others of their same race and/or ethnicity who are NOT adopted. Participation entails taking a 15-20 minute survey online. Even if someone does not have these experiences, Garber encourages him/her to participate in the survey.
Garber is motivated to research this topic because she cannot identify areas in adoption or microaggression literatures that address the diversity found within larger racial and ethnic groups. Furthermore, if there are psychological and social outcomes related to these experiences, she feels this is an important finding of which to be aware for people in adoption-related fields.
This study has been IRB approved. The IRB protocol number is 2015-2737. If people would like to contact the UMass IRB, it can be done at [email protected] or (413) 545-3428.
As an added incentive, study participants who choose to share their email at the end of the survey will be entered to win one of four $30 gift cards to a vendor of their choice.Participate in this research survey now