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BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL DISORDERS


MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS AT ADOPTION

Children residing in institutional care often exhibit abnormal behaviors. These behaviors are usually adaptations to an abnormal, under responsive environment. Such behaviors often persist in the early post-adoptive period. These behaviors must be differentiated from intrinsic behavior problems that may persist after adjustment to the adoption. In this section, the manifestations of depression, autistic-like behaviors, and aggression in the orphanage and after adoption are discussed.

 

From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.

 

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