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BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL DISORDERS
KEY POINTS FOR INTERNATIONALLY ADOPTED CHILDREN
- Genetic susceptibility contributes to mental disorders in adopted children.
- Unstable adoptive environment increases the likelihood of expression of mental disorders.
- Adoptees generally have more behavioral and mental health disorders during childhood and adolescence than non-adopted peers.
- Symptoms of mental health disorders are common at adoption and immediately thereafter as children adjust; many of these symptoms are transient.
From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.