Children's Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and by David Brodzinsky

By David Brodzinsky

Concentrating on developmental and medical concerns in kid's adjustment to adoption, the authors introduce this quantity with an summary of old and modern views, then discover numerous theories that experience addressed the difficulty of mental hazard linked to adoption.

Following a overview of empirical examine on elements that impact the adjustment strategy, the authors speak about sorts of adoption, study methodological difficulties, and speak about medical and overview concerns that usually come up in paintings with adoptees and their households.

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Second, they must continue to help their youngsters cope with adoption-related loss and support the grief work that naturally follows the experience of loss. Third, they must recognize that the search for origins, which began earlier in the form of questions about the birth family, is likely to continue in a more complex way, leading their adolescent children to want more information and perhaps even contact with birth family members. Adoptive parents must be able to validate and normalize their teenagers' interest in searching and work with them to develop realistic, age-appropriate plans that meet their youngsters' needs, but also inform them about possibilities that they cannot yet envision.

If she could have sex at 16, why can't I? . Sometimes I think about getting pregnant. If I do, though, I would keep my baby, and care for it, and love it, and never give it away, the way I was. , 1992; Hoopes, 1990). Sorosky et al. (1975), in particular, have emphasized four fundamental issues that complicate identity development in the adoptee: 32 CHILDREN'S ADJUSTMENT TO ADOPTION 1. problems in early object relations that impede the emergence of trust and security in the infancy years; 2. difficulties in resolving Oedipal feelings toward adoptive family members with whom one is unrelated biologically; 3.

A sample of 4,682 adopted children, from grades 6 to 12, matched to an equal number of nonadopted youth, responded to a self-report instrument measuring 12 factors associated with various individual adjustment and family functioning variables. Results indicated that adoptees reported significantly higher rates of licit drug use, illicit drug use, negative emotionality, and antisocial behavior. They also rated themselves as lower in optimism/selfconfidence and school adjustment and rated their parents as lower in nurturance and involvement but not in parental control.

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