Developmental Outcomes of Internationally Adopted Dhildren



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Adoption Quarterly


This study followed 106 international adoptees over an 18-month period. Mothers completed the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) at 6, 12, and 24 months post-adoption, assessing their children's development in multiple domains. Results revealed that the sample overall demonstrated linear improvement over time in most domains, but children with initially low scores remained significantly lower than others at the 18-month follow-up. ASQ scores were unrelated to age at adoption, but significant differences by birth country emerged. Across most domains, children from Eastern Europe had generally lower scores than children from other birth regions.



International adoption, Child development, Adopted children


Copyright 2012 Adoption Quarterly. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: Recommended citation: Welsh, Janet A., and Andres G. Viana. "Developmental Outcomes of Internationally Adopted Children." Adoption Quarterly 15, no. 4 (2012): 241-264. DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2012.731029. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.