Adopcion internacional en Suecia: salud mental y adaptacion social en adolescentes y jovenes
2008 (English)In: Infancia y Aprendizaje, ISSN 0210-3702, Vol. 31, no 2, 211-231 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 31, no 2, 211-231 p.
international adoption, national adoption, poor mental-health, suicide, foster care
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-14158DiVA: diva2:180678
Internt publ.nr. P26522008-11-262008-11-262011-01-10Bibliographically approved