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Beyond Preadoptive Risk: The Impact of Adoptive Family Environment on Adopted Youth´s Psychosocial Adjustment

Adoptive families taking part in The California Long Range Adoptive Study

Attrition analysis, Chi-square-test, SEM, T-test
To examine the impact of adoptive family sense of coherence on adoptee’s psychosocial adjustment beyond the effects of preadoptive risks.
SOC Scale
FSOC-26, 7-point Likert scale
Statistical data
Wave 1: N= 2,058 (response rate 59.2) N=1,219
Subsequent waves carried out in 1992, 1996 and 2004
Wave 4 (2004): N=466 (38.2 % of original sample).
Excluded: parents with children over 19 (N=79), parents who either adopted a child with Down syndrome (N=2), adopted a child internationally (N=5) or did not complete at one of the measures of family or children’s adjustment (N=1).
Final N= 385 (81.3 % of wave 4 participants).
FSOC Cronbach's α: Comprehensibility .77, Manageability .80, Meaningfulness .85
Other measures: family income, respondents’ age, children’s age, gender, ethnicity, type of adoption, preadoptive risk factors, adoptee’s psychosocial adjustment (Beahvior Problem Index and Depressive Symptom Subscale of the Depression and Anxiety in Youth Scale)
Main result
Results indicate a significant impact of family sense of coherence on adoptees’ psychosocial adjustment and a considerably less significant role of preadoptive risks. The findings suggest the importance of assessing adoptive family’s ability to respond to stress and of helping families to build and maintain their capacity to cope with stress despite the sometimes fractious pressures of adoption.
Sample includes mostly Caucasain, inracial adoptive families. A more heterogeneous group would have been preferable. The study relied on parent reports which may not be a reliable strategy. Although data used in this study was from a longitudinal study the study was methodologically limited by the partly cross-sectional design. Information regarding FSOC was available only in the fourth wave.

Ji, J., Brooks, D., Barth, P.R., Kim, H. Beyond Preadoptive Risk: The Impact of Adoptive Family Environment on Adopted Youth´s Psychosocial Adjustment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 2010; 80(3):432-442

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Updated: 08.05.2011 10:59:33