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Title Adoption and Mental Health
Author LIEBERMAN James
Generic unit Newsletter

General information
Date published/issue 00-00-1997
Date received 00-00-0000
Place published
Editor Renee Garfinkel
Publisher Adoption Studies Institute, 2924 M Street, NW, Suite 101, Washington DC 20007, USA
Page 2 p
Type of material Monograph
Language of document

Document information
Document description
Country concerned UNITED STATES
Index Child-post-adopt-sup
Free text The authors point out the unconclusive results of studies on the mental health of adoptees. In our society, comparisons are often the reflection of over emphasis on reports of failed adoptions or problems with adoptees, sometimes through media reports of bizzare or distressing stories, instead of reports on healthy adoptions. They point out the fact that adoptive parenthood is atypical in a number of ways, particularly in respect to their preparation for their role as parents (which includes being older than the average birth parent, more aware of child developmental problems, more compliant with the system) in comparison with the unplanned births of a majority of normal biological parents, therefore adoptive children may become recipients of mental health services as their parents deal with special needs created by their background rather than as a result of their adoption.

Document qualification
Degree of interest Of interest
Work area Psychology
Potential users
Other potential users Adopt-Agency