The Korean Journal of Human Development

pISSN : 1226-4474

A Study on the Images of Adoptees in Korean Television Dramas

AUTHOR : 안재진

INFORMATION : page. 55~75 / 2015 Vol.22 No.1


The purpose of this study was to explore the images of adoptees and their families in South Korean television dramas. Twenty-eight adoptees were selected for analysis from twenty-four television dramas (2000-2012) aired by the major broadcasting companies (i.e., KBS, MBC, and SBS). The characteristics of domestic adoption, images of adoptive families and adoptees appearing in the television dramas were content-analyzed. The results revealed that television dramas portrayed domestic adoption in biased ways - there were more private adoptions and secrecy in adoption practices and more negative outcomes of adoption such as conflicts between birth child and adoptee, and stressful life experiences of the adoptees. Also the motive for adoption was mainly for adoptive parents themselves rather than for the adoptees, distorting the original intention of the adoption as a child welfare service. Based on the results of this study, suggestions to build up a television monitoring system were made to improve the images of adoption, adoptees and adoptive families in the mass media in more positive ways.

Ⅰ. 서 론

Ⅱ. 연구방법

Ⅲ. 결과 및 해석

Ⅳ. 논의 및 결론


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