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BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL DISORDERS


KEY POINTS FOR INTERNATIONALLY ADOPTED CHILDREN

  1. Genetic susceptibility contributes to mental disorders in adopted children.
  2. Unstable adoptive environment increases the likelihood of expression of mental disorders.
  3. Adoptees generally have more behavioral and mental health disorders during childhood and adolescence than non-adopted peers.
  4. 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.

 

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