Supporting Adoptive Parents: A Study on Personal Self-Care

J. Jay Miller, Chunling Niu, Rachel Womack, Nada Shalash

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


This study explored the personal self-care practices of adoptive parents (N = 229) in one southeastern state. Overall, findings indicate that adoptive parents only engage in moderate modest self-care practices. Significant differences in self-care practices were detected by health status (self-report) and current financial status. In summary, the healthier one perceived themselves to be and the more financially stable they were, the more they tended to engage in self-care practices. Data suggest the need for entities involved with potential and/or adoptive parents need to explicitly engage adoptive parents in education about self-care and training in support of self-care practices. As well, data indicate the need for reframing self-care from an ancillary activity to an integrated tool to assuage the challenges facing adoptive parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-171
Number of pages15
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


  • adoptive parents
  • self-care
  • wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


Dive into the research topics of 'Supporting Adoptive Parents: A Study on Personal Self-Care'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this