As a result of the publication and dissemination of “the outcomes report”, we were contacted by a small number of adults who were abducted as children and who asked to take part in our research activities and, in particular, into the effects
Although a small number, it was decided to
include the 3 cases concerned as their experiences might assist in understanding the lasting nature, or otherwise, of any effects of abduction, as well as assessing any commonality of experience of those abducted.
Similarly, one grandparent of an abducted child in the original sample indicated a keen interest in taking part, as well as a non- abducted sibling in another of the original 22 cases. Again, it was decided to include these 2 interviewees to take the broadest possible account of the effects of abduction in our sample on those concerned.
In all, 30 adult interviews were conducted in this new project, 25 of which were with either abducting or left-behind parents. The other 5 adult interviews were with “others”, i.e. 3 adults abducted as children, one non-abducted sibling, one grandparent of an abducted child. These interviews related to 22 separate cases, of which 3 concerned adults abducted as children, involving 33 children (including the 3 adults abducted as children). Of the 19 cases which concerned “current children”, both parents were interviewed in 6 cases. In the other 13 cases, it was only possible to interview one parent.
As before, we were disappointed to be able to interview both parents in a relatively low number of cases, on this occasion in only 6 of the 19 cases concerning “current children” (31.6%). However, notwithstanding the 2-3 years that had passed between ”the outcomes project” and this latest research exercise, there was still profound bitterness and misery in many of the cases which prevented the number of “both parent” interviews 17
17 The other 3 of the 22 cases involved adults abducted as children. A similar result was achieved in “the outcomes project” where we were able to interview both parents in 8 of the 22 cases involved, i.e. 36.36% of the overall sample.