The question of when adopted people learn about their adoptee status, fascinating as it may be to the general population, has generated only a meager amount of scientific inquiry.
A robust body of research exists on the psychological effects of adoption and children’s understanding of it.
This summer, Baden and her colleagues published a study on the outcomes associated with the discovery of adoption status at different stages in life.
When—and even whether—adoptees should find out about their adoptee status has been a topic of debate among experts for decades.
For much of the 20th century, it was common for parents to simply never reveal their adopted children’s origins to them; research conducted in the 1970s showed that most parents didn’t.