Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This article explores family separation and reunification of the disappeared Salvadoran children separated from their families during El Salvador’s civil war (1980–1992) from the perspectives of adult relatives. During separation, adult relatives experienced an “unresolvable loss.” Following reunion, families experienced an immediate relief that was often accompanied by an “ambiguous reunification.” Emotions were especially complicated and painful when the separation had been a “forced choice” by the parent under coercive wartime political conditions. Adoptive parents strongly influenced reunification. Findings suggest that disappeared children and biological and adoptive family members need psycho-social support throughout separation and reunification.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-794X
Print ISSN
0275-0392
Pages
pp. 91-114
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-07
Open Access
No
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