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Effects of profound early institutional deprivation: an overview of findings from a UK longitudinal study of Romanian adoptees

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A randomly selected sample of 165 children from Romania (of whom 144 had been reared in institutions) who were adopted by UK families, with placement before the age of 42 months, was studied at 4, 6, and 11 years of age. Comparisons were made with a sample of 52 non-institutionalized UK children adopted before the age of 6 months, who were studied in the same way. The paper briefly summarizes circumstances at the time of adoption and then reports findings at age 11, focusing on changes between 6 and 11. Marked catch-up in psychological functioning was evident following adoption, but significant problems continued in a substantial minority of the children placed after the age of 6 months. The theoretical implications of the findings are considered, and the policy implications are noted.

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Rutter, Michael, Beckett, Celia, Castle, Jenny, Colvert, Emma, Kreppner, Jana, Mehta, Mitul, Stevens, Suzanne and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund (2007) Effects of profound early institutional deprivation: an overview of findings from a UK longitudinal study of Romanian adoptees European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 4, (3), pp. 332-350. (doi:10.1080/17405620701401846).

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Published date: September 2007

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Local EPrints ID: 48232
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48232
ISSN: 1740-5629
PURE UUID: be4b25f6-f52e-4f98-919e-5512adf0f461
ORCID for Jana Kreppner: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3527-9083

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Date deposited: 06 Sep 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:00

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Author: Michael Rutter
Author: Celia Beckett
Author: Jenny Castle
Author: Emma Colvert
Author: Jana Kreppner ORCID iD
Author: Mitul Mehta
Author: Suzanne Stevens
Author: Edmund Sonuga-Barke

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