The present study examined the lived experience (erlebnis) of adult transracial, Korean-born adoptees (Ibyangin; Yngvesson & Coutin, 2006) raised in the United States by White families. Long interviews (McCracken, 1988) were conducted with fourteen young adult (age 26-30) Korean-born adoptees in-person or by phone. The study was anchored in the constructivist-interpretivist research paradigm (Ponterotto, 2005) and utilized the phenomenological inquiry model (Moustakas, 1994) to explore the essence of the international transracial adoption experience. Two major clusters of meaning with additional subthemes were related to a) identity development, and b) decision to return to Korea. Limitations of the study are reviewed, implications for follow-up research are presented, and clinical applications are addressed.
Ibyangin, Transracial Korean-Born Adoptees, Transracial Adoption, Identity, Belongingness, Qualitative Research
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the fourteen adoptees who participated in this study. It was such a privilege to hear about each individual's adoption story and share in the meaning making process with them. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the supportive editorial review team at The Qualitative Report.
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Reynolds, J. D., Ponterotto, J. G., & Lecker, C. (2016). Displacement, Identity and Belonging for Ibyangin: The Personal Journey of Transracial Korean-Born Adoptees. The Qualitative Report, 21(2), 228-251. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2016.2197