Behavior: Fantasy Parents

Foster kids need their real kin

Playwright Edward Albee is an adopted son, a fact that may well be reflected in his scripts. One psychoanalytic critique of Albee's bitter play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? claims that the drama is actually an imagined confrontation between Albee's natural and adoptive parents. Indeed, psychological studies show that adoptees are often obsessed by fantasies about their missing biological parents. Now a new report finds that these fanciful illusions can damage not only adoptees but also even children temporarily placed in foster homes.

Professors of Social Work David Fanshel of Columbia University and Eugene B. Shinn of...

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