Behavioral and emotional problems among Italian international adoptees and non-adopted children: Father's and mother's reports

Rosa Rosnati, Rosario Montirosso, Daniela Barni

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Abstract

This study intends to fill the gap in empirical research carried out in Italy regarding international adoptees’ behavioral and emotional problems. Assuming a multi-informant approach, it aims to compare parent’s reports of behavioral problems of adopted and non-adopted children and to examine parental agreement. The sample was composed of 186 adoptive couples and 195 biological couples with the target child aged between 7 and 11 years. The mother and father filled in the Child Behavior Checklist separately. Analysis of the CBCL revealed that adopted children are perceived by their parents as having more Total and Externalizing problems than their non-adopted counterparts. Moreover, they are more likely to demonstrate attention difficulties and aggressive behavior. The agreement between parents turned out to be moderate for adoptive parents and slightly lower for the biological ones. Consistent with most adoption research, the results confirm the higher risk of behavioral problems among adopted children. They also shed light on the significant perceptual discrepancy between mothers and fathers, underlining the importance of considering both parents’ reports in the study of adopted children’s adjustment
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)541-549
Numero di pagine9
RivistaJournal of Family Psychology
Volume22
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2008

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Adozione
  • Child Behavior Checklist
  • Children's behavioral problems
  • Informant multipli
  • Multiple informants
  • Problemi comportamentali del bambino

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