Long-Term Consequences of Adoption


I have found some great articles on the long-term consequences of adoption. Those that adopt or place their child up for adoption must be aware of the possible issues that could occur at any time during this sensitive process. This post is in no way trying to discourage those interested in adopting to be afraid or have doubts, but rather an opportunity to educate yourself and prepare as best as possible if these issues arise. There are groups and support available to you if you need help navigating this very emotional and complicated time in your life.

For the Child

Research on Long-Term Effects

Long Term Issues for the Adopted Child

Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons – PDF

Trauma that Lasts a Lifetime

Long-Term Effects of Adoption: An Empirical Study of Adult Adoptees

Statistics on the Effects of Adoption

For Birthmothers/Parents

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents: Responding to the Adoptive Placement

The Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents – PDF

Long Term Issues for Birthmothers after Adoption – AMHC

For Adoptive Parents

Fears Regarding Adoption

Things to Do While Waiting For Your Adopted Child

Impact of Adoption on Adoptive Parents


Childbirth and Child Psychology Articles


Why Is Childbirth So Expensive in the U.S.?

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Rare Birth Defect on the Rise

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How Exercise During Pregnancy Can Make Childbirth Easier

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Beyond Attachment to Parents: Children Need Community

‘”For good biological reasons, children want and need to move beyond their parents.”

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Good Parenting

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No Oxytocin Benefit for Autism

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Investigating ADHD in Children Born Prematurely

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Merleau-Ponty’s Child Psychology

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A Parent’s Prerogative: You Have the Right to Change Your Mind

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Understanding Children’s Emotions: The Importance of Curiosity and Interest

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Taking a New Look at Human Development

“Jerome Kagan has been at the forefront of developmental psychology..he was once listed as the 22d most influential psychologist of the 20th century — right ahead of Carl Jung and Ivan Pavlov.”

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Happiness and Resiliency

Have a great Monday!

How to Help Your Child & Yourself

Become More Resilient


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Effects of Child Abuse


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10 Ways to Raise a Happy Child


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Standing Babies Stay Steady When Focused


Laura Claxton, a Purdue assistant professor of health and kinesiology, interacts with 1-year-old Kenzie Korchnak, after participating in a Purdue motor development study. Claxton’s recent findings show that babies learning to stand may look wobbly, but they are really in more control than they appear, especially when they focus and hold on to an object like a toy. Her work is published in  the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. (Purdue University photo/Andrew Hancock)

"Babies learning to stand often sway and appear out of control, but in this study, once we handed them a toy their standing posture improved and they were more stable," said Laura Claxton, an assistant professor of health and kinesiology who studies motor development in children. "Even though babies are top heavy and their neuromuscular systems are immature, this shows infants have more control when standing than many believe. Without the toy to hold, they go right back to being unstable."

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Differentiating Features of BD, Early On-Set Identified.


Research findings published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology have identified differentiating features between early-onset bipolar disorder (BD) and combined attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD-C).

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Father’s love greatly influences child’s personality development


A father’s love contributes as much – and sometimes more – to a child’s personality development as does a mother’s love, researchers have found.

The results were published in the May 2012 Personality and Social Psychology Review, a journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).

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Protecting Our Children’s Mental Health


May 6th-9th was National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which is meant to increase awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and reinforce the belief that every child deserves to experience joy, have high self-esteem, make friends, and believe that he or she can succeed.

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