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Infant adoption: psychosocial outcomes in adulthood

Collishaw, Stephan ORCID:, Maughan, B. and Pickles, A. 1998. Infant adoption: psychosocial outcomes in adulthood. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 33 (2) , pp. 57-65. 10.1007/s001270050023

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Adoption studies are able to provide important insights into the impact of changed rearing environments for children's development. A number of studies reporting on the childhood adjustment of adoptees have found an increased risk for disruptive behaviour problems when compared with children brought up in intact families. The long-term implications of adoption for psychosocial adjustment in adult life are less clear. We have used data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) to examine the psychosocial functioning over a number of life-domains of an unselected sample of adoptees, non-adopted children from similar birth circumstances, and other members of the cohort. Adopted women showed very positive adult adjustment across all the domains examined in this study, whilst our findings suggest some difficulty in two specific domains (employment and social support) for adopted men. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0933-7954
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 09:37

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