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Emotional health of Indonesian adoptees living in Australian families


Emotional health of Indonesian adoptees living in Australian families

Authors: Robert D. Goldney a;  Maxine Donald b;  Michael G. Sawyer a;  Robert J. Kosky a; Susan Priest b
Affiliations:   a Department of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
b Australians Aiding Children, Norwood, South Australia, Australia
DOI: 10.3109/00048679609065029
Publication Frequency: 12 issues per year
Published in: journal Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 30, Issue 4 August 1996 , pages 534 - 539
Formats available: PDF (English)
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Objective: To compare the prevalence of emotional and behavioural problems in adolescent adoptees from Indonesia living in South Australian families with that of adolescents living in the community and those referred to mental health clinics in South Australia.

Method: Thirty-four Indonesian adoptees completed the Youth Self-Report and their adoptive mothers completed the Child Behaviour Checklist. The results on these instruments were compared with the scores of a community sample and a mental health clinic population.

Results: There was a striking similarity between scores on the Youth Self-Report and the Child Behaviour Checklist instruments for the adoption and community groups. Both these groups had significantly fewer problems than adolescents referred to mental health clinics.

Conclusions: These results indicate that the outcome in terms of emotional and behavioural health for intercountry adoptions between Indonesia and Australia is favourable.
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