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Wieder, H. (1977). The Family Romance Fantasies of Adopted Children. Psychoanal Q., 46:185-200.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:185-200

The Family Romance Fantasies of Adopted Children

Herbert Wieder, M.D.


Despite the absence of psychoanalytic studies to support the position, family romance fantasies have been assumed to be similar in form and function in both the adopted child and the blood kin child. My studies, documented herein from the analyses of three adoptees, reveal that knowing one is adopted results in modifications of the fantasy and that certain types of adoptees seem incapable of effectively creating the paradigmatic family romance fantasy.

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