Constructing Shared Realities: Interdisciplinary Collaboration of the International Adoption Clinic This paper addresses how researchers and graduate students have come to embrace shared realities during the creation of the International Adoption Clinic (IAC) at Saint Louis University. The IAC was established in collaboration among three departments: Communication Science and Disorders, Counseling and Family Therapy, and Research Methodology. Each department ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2006
Constructing Shared Realities: Interdisciplinary Collaboration of the International Adoption Clinic
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  • Hisako Matsuo
    Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • Christin Pryor
    Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • Linda Sessions
    Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / International & Global / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2006
Constructing Shared Realities: Interdisciplinary Collaboration of the International Adoption Clinic
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2006, Vol. 13, 3-8. doi:10.1044/cds13.3.3
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2006, Vol. 13, 3-8. doi:10.1044/cds13.3.3
This paper addresses how researchers and graduate students have come to embrace shared realities during the creation of the International Adoption Clinic (IAC) at Saint Louis University. The IAC was established in collaboration among three departments: Communication Science and Disorders, Counseling and Family Therapy, and Research Methodology. Each department represents critical aspects of the clinic, which provides services to children adopted from abroad and their parents, and focuses on language development, socio-emotional issues, and self-identity. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the team has struggled with finding common terminologies, defining appropriate conceptualizations, and selecting sound methodologies. During the process of data collection, the team observed that parents are frequently caught in a dilemma between facing the problems their children have and denying such problems exist. This paper concludes with some suggestions for those who plan to develop interdisciplinary research projects.
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