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Running Head: Behavior Among Adopted Children Around the World Behavior Among Adopted Children Around the World Meredith Farless HUS 330 February 15, 2011
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Behavior Among Adopted Children Around the World 2 Adoption has been conceptualized as a lifelong process that reaches its solution when the adopted child adopts the adoptive family,” (Kernberg, 1985). Many influences can be determinants for the outcome of a person’s behavior, especially those who are adopted. I chose to research the behaviors and conduct of those who have been adopted around the world. There are several different influences on one’s behavior. This was an opportunity to research adopted children and consider each possible factor that could influence behavior despite where a child was originally from, whether it be good or bad and why, and also what those behavior types are. In an adoption study of children who had previously lived in social and emotionally depriving institutions in Russia before being adopted, behavior troubles were reported from the parents. The parents of 316 children were given with a checklist for child behavior. Each child’s length of time in an institution, age during the assessment, and gender were factors taken into account. Children who were adopted after 18 months of age had more behavior problems when they were reviewed between the ages of 12 to 18 years old. Most children who were not in an orphanage for longer than the first 18 months seemed to show no problems in their behavior in comparison to children who are not adopted (Hawk & McCall, 2011). However, it seemed that the longer a child remained in an institution before being adopted, the more behavior issues it had. Some of these behaviors were aggressive. Some of these behavior include destroying other’s things, tending to scream and argue at others, being quick-tempered, and disobedient at home. Some children were withdrawn and acted sad, depressed, being secretive, and isolated. Other children reached out for attention by doing poorly in school or being impulsive. Some children tended to break the rules by
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Behavior Among Adopted Children Around the World 3 swearing, stealing from home, lying and cheating. Another alarming behavior was the anxiety a child carried that nobody loved him or her. These findings may imply a larger scale of problems created by an institution after the first year and a half of a child’s life
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