07/19/2010 05:58 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Open Adoption Advocate Annette Baran Dead: Author Dies At 83

Living with a secret is psychologically destructive -- that concept was nearly an anthem for Annette Baran, a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who co-wrote "The Adoption Triangle," an influential 1978 book credited with giving early shape to the open-adoption movement.

Baran died July 11 at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica of complications from an infection, said her son Joshua. She was 83 and lived in Santa Monica.

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