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Social relationships in children from intercountry adoption


  • Barcons, Natàlia
  • Abrines, Neus
  • Brun, Carme
  • Sartini, Claudio
  • Fumadó, Victoria
  • Marre, Diana


The aim of this study is to analyze the social relationships from a sample of 116 internationally adopted children aged 8–11, considering the following factors: relationship with parents, interpersonal relationships, and social stress. In comparison with previous researches, we have used the child as the informant. These factors are explored depending of the attachment pattern of the child, the country of origin, sex and age at adoption. The attachment pattern is explored with the semi-structured Friends and Family Interview (FFI; Steele and Steele, 2005) and the social relationships have been assessed with the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 1992).

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  • Barcons, Natàlia & Abrines, Neus & Brun, Carme & Sartini, Claudio & Fumadó, Victoria & Marre, Diana, 2012. "Social relationships in children from intercountry adoption," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 955-961.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:5:p:955-961
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.028

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    1. Dalen, Monica & Hjern, Anders & Lindblad, Frank & Odenstad, Anna & Ramussen, Finn & Vinnerljung, Bo, 2008. "Educational attainment and cognitive competence in adopted men -- A study of international and national adoptees, siblings and a general Swedish population," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(10), pages 1211-1219, October.
    2. van den Dries, Linda & Juffer, Femmie & van IJzendoorn, Marinus H. & Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marian J., 2009. "Fostering security? A meta-analysis of attachment in adopted children," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 410-421, March.
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    1. Escobar, María Josefina & Pereira, Ximena & Santelices, María Pía, 2014. "Behavior problems and attachment in adopted and non-adopted adolescents," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 59-66.
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    3. Escobar, María Josefina & Santelices, María Pía, 2013. "Attachment in adopted adolescents. National adoption in Chile," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 488-492.
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