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Adopcion internacional en Suecia: salud mental y adaptacion social en adolescentes y jovenes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)In: Infancia y Aprendizaje, ISSN 0210-3702, Vol. 31, no 2, 211-231 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

International adoptees in Sweden: Mental health and social adjustment in adolescence and young adulthood

The paper summarises results from five studies exploring psychosocial outcomes for international adoptees in Sweden. The study groups were compared with: 1) general population, 2) national adoptees, 3) immigrants, 4) children on welfare, and 5) birth children of the adoptive parents. The international adoptees had around three-fold excess risks of hospitalisation due to psychiatric problems and suicide behaviour in models adjusted for age, sex and the adoptive family's social prerequisites. The risk of suicidal behaviour was also high in national adoptees, but lower than that of foster children who had even higher risks. Educational attainment was on par with the general population. Age at adoption over 4 years was related to a poorer outcome. In conclusion, international adoptees are more vulnerable than non-adoptees.

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2008. Vol. 31, no 2, 211-231 p.
Keyword [en]
international adoption, national adoption, poor mental-health, suicide, foster care
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14158OAI: diva2:180678
Internt P2652Available from: 2008-11-26 Created: 2008-11-26 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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