Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"CHALLENGING THE HORRORS OF ADOPTION"

An article in the N*Y* T*mes (read it here) that's worth reading with some very interesting statistics.

Main findings from research:

An expansive 1994 study by the Search Institute comparing adopted teens to other teens found that:

  • Adopted teens scored higher on indicators of well-being such as school performance, friendships, volunteerism, self-esteem and optimism.
  • Adopted teens scored lower on indicators of high-risk behavior such as depression, alcohol use, vandalism, and police trouble.
  • Compared to their non-adopted siblings, adopted teens showed no significant difference in their perception of similarities between themselves and adoptive parents in terms of interests.
  • Children adopted transracially showed no differences in terms of identity formation and self-esteem, attachment to parents, or psychological health.

Many other studies have reached similar findings. These include:

  • Adopted children are well-integrated into their families and schools and show good psychological outcomes. There are few differences between children who have been adopted and their non-adopted peers (Palacios and Sanchez-Sand0val, 2005).
  • Long-term outcomes are positive for adopted children, and generally show little or no difference compared to non-adopted children (Bens0n, 2004).
  • The vast majority of adopted children show behavior patterns and emotional and academic adjustment very similar to those of non-adopted children (PalacIos and Sanchez-Sand0val, 2005, Vrand and BrinIch, 1999, Brodzinsky, 1987).
  • Numerous studies indicate that adoptive parents report high levels of satisfaction with their adoption (Barth and Br0oks, 2000).
  • People who were adopted fare significantly better than those children who remain in negligent, abusive birth families, or in foster care or institutions (Maugh*n et al., 1998, Br0dzinsky et al., 1998).
  • If adopted individuals did experience adoption-related struggles, most of these struggles significantly diminished or disappeared by young adulthood (FeIgelman, 1997).
  • People who were adopted reported more confidence in their judgment than non-adopted persons, viewed others more positively, and saw their parents as significantly more nurturing, comforting, and protectively concerned and helpful (MarquIs and DetweIler, 1985).

2 comments:

MissMeliss said...

THANK YOU for posting this. I made a link to it to my blog. I hope you don't mind. :)

Melissa

Sally Bacchetta said...

Thanks for posting the real deal. I'm always happy to see valid research related to adoption. I may link to you, too :)