Problem behaviors of children adopted from the former soviet union

Academic Article


  • The purpose of this article is to report the results of behavioral assessments collected at three time points of a cohort of children adopted from the former Soviet Union with particular emphasis on the impact of the adoptive family on problem behaviors. Problem: Families adopting from the former USSR are concerned about the influence of pre-adoptive circumstances on their child's future health. Methods: The study utilized data gathered in 1998 when the children's mean age was close to 8 years, in 2001 when the children were entering early adolescence, and in 2006 when the average age of the children was just over 15 years. The authors hypothesized that the negative impact of risk factors decreases over time, and that a family environment that is stable and supportive is inversely related to problem behaviors. The Child Behavior Checklist, the Family Environment Scale, and a parental report form were used for data collection. Findings: Significant relationships between family environment and problem behaviors over time were found, with lower levels of conflict and higher levels of cohesion associated to lower problem behaviors. Being female does contribute to problem behavior with the passage of time. Conclusion: Although the magnitude of these effects was small to moderate, a protective family environment may assist in decreasing problem behaviors.
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  • Robinson CB; Mcguinness TM; Azuero A; Pallansch L
  • Start Page

  • 14
  • End Page

  • 22
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 1