Children's Understanding of Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Implications

  • Brodzinsky D
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Abstract

Because adopted children are overrepresented in mental health settings, their parents often consult psychologists to help them understand and manage some of the unique developmental and childrearing challenges they commonly face. One of the most frequent issues raised by these parents is talking with their children about adoption. This article provides a developmental framework for helping psychologists understand the way children comprehend adoption and the implications of their adoption knowledge for psychological adjustment. It also provides psychologists with useful guidelines for supporting parents to meet the challenges of discussing adoption with their children. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adopted children
  • Adoption
  • Adoptive parents
  • Disenfranchised grief
  • Loss

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