Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Bruce S Zahn, EdD, ABPP, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

Third Advisor

Robin A. Arnold, PsyD, MBA


The purpose of the study was to use a naturalistic approach to better understand phenomena in the area of mothers’ emotional functioning after adopting a child internationally. A qualitative research design was used to help identify variables, that would be appropriate for later study by quantitative design. A sample of 10 mothers who adopted a child internationally, selected by convenience and snowball sampling, was used in this study. Each subject participated in a clinical interview consisting of 10 core questions and supporting questions. Themes were derived from the participants’ answers.