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Parents’ evaluation of adoption success: A follow-up study of intercountry and domestic adoptions

Parents’ evaluation of adoption success: A follow-up study of intercountry and domestic adoptions
Parents’ evaluation of adoption success: A follow-up study of intercountry and domestic adoptions
Parents of 165 children adopted from Romania and 52 children adopted from within the United Kingdom rated the success of the adoptions when the children were 11 years old. As was the case at two earlier study waves, satisfaction was found to be extremely high. Both positive and negative assessments were generally stable between ages 6 and 11, although for the children who had more problems there was an increase in negative evaluation, albeit within an overall positive picture. Parents’ evaluations were somewhat more negative for this group of children; however, parents reported that having the child as part of their family was very rewarding. Negative evaluation was not directly related to age at placement, but appeared to be a reflection of the later-placed children’s higher rates of problem behavior. As found at earlier assessment waves, child factors, in particular conduct problems and inattention or overactivity, were key in predicting parental evaluations at age 11, as were four domains closely associated with institutional deprivation, namely cognitive impairment, quasi-autistic patterns, inattention or overactivity, and disinhibited attachment. The findings emphasize the need for early intervention for children in severely deprived conditions, and for access to postadoption services that target the particular problem behaviors the children may exhibit
0002-9432
522-531
Castle, Jenny
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Kreppner, Jana
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Schlotz, Wolff
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Sonuga-Barke, Eedmund
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Stevens, Suzanne
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Castle, Jenny, Groothues, Christine, Beckett, Celia, Colvert, Emma, Hawkins, Amanda, Kreppner, Jana, Kumsta, Robert, Schlotz, Wolff, Sonuga-Barke, Eedmund, Stevens, Suzanne and Rutter, Michael (2009) Parents’ evaluation of adoption success: A follow-up study of intercountry and domestic adoptions. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79 (4), 522-531.

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Abstract

Parents of 165 children adopted from Romania and 52 children adopted from within the United Kingdom rated the success of the adoptions when the children were 11 years old. As was the case at two earlier study waves, satisfaction was found to be extremely high. Both positive and negative assessments were generally stable between ages 6 and 11, although for the children who had more problems there was an increase in negative evaluation, albeit within an overall positive picture. Parents’ evaluations were somewhat more negative for this group of children; however, parents reported that having the child as part of their family was very rewarding. Negative evaluation was not directly related to age at placement, but appeared to be a reflection of the later-placed children’s higher rates of problem behavior. As found at earlier assessment waves, child factors, in particular conduct problems and inattention or overactivity, were key in predicting parental evaluations at age 11, as were four domains closely associated with institutional deprivation, namely cognitive impairment, quasi-autistic patterns, inattention or overactivity, and disinhibited attachment. The findings emphasize the need for early intervention for children in severely deprived conditions, and for access to postadoption services that target the particular problem behaviors the children may exhibit

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Published date: October 2009

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Local EPrints ID: 72325
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/72325
ISSN: 0002-9432
PURE UUID: ca2387d2-ab17-4b17-a5df-d8a58f054317
ORCID for Jana Kreppner: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3527-9083

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Date deposited: 08 Feb 2010
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:37

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Author: Jenny Castle
Author: Christine Groothues
Author: Celia Beckett
Author: Emma Colvert
Author: Amanda Hawkins
Author: Jana Kreppner ORCID iD
Author: Robert Kumsta
Author: Wolff Schlotz
Author: Eedmund Sonuga-Barke
Author: Suzanne Stevens
Author: Michael Rutter

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