Annotated Bibliography 1 - populations receiving social and...

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Miller, B. C., Fan, X., Grotevant, H. D., Christensen, M., Coyl, D., & van Dulmen, M. (2000) Adopted Adolescents’ Overrepresentation in Mental Health Counseling. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 39, 1504-1511. Miller et al (2000) administered a preliminary survey to 90,118 students at 129 schools in the United States in grades 7 through 12 and then conducted interviews with 20,745 students in their homes. The study used Self-Assessment Questionnaires and Home Interview Measures to discern adoption status, adolescents’ problems, and received counseling. It used hierarchical logistic regression to assess the effects of problem behaviors, family characteristics, and adoption status of adolescents who have received counseling. Miller et al (2005) analyzed that the adoptees were twice more likely to have received counseling even after controlling the variables of family demographic characteristics and selected adolescents’ problems. However, international adoptees are likely to be overrepresented among
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Unformatted text preview: populations receiving social and mental health services due to the fact that adoptive families are often affluent and educated. Evidence suggests that adopted children improve as adolescence progresses and they are underrepresented in juvenile court and adult mental health populations. Positive outcomes are also underreported. The study had important clinical implications in treating adoptees: sensitivity about adoption status in diagnosis, training clinicians, and assistance to less educated adoptive parents. The research emphasized the age at adoption to be a more important factor. The adoptees who were adopted before age 2 were exposed to less preadoption adversity and had fewer behavioral problems. The research urged further research on the relationship between preadoption adversity and mental health outcomes to provide resources to orphanages and adoption agencies worldwide....
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