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NCJ Number: 228600 Find in a Library
Title: Externalizing Behavior Among Adopted Boys with Preadoptive Histories of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:18  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2009  Pages:553-573
Author(s): Blace Arthur Nalavany; Scott D. Ryan; Jim Hinterlong
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Dublin, OH 43017
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined externalizing symptomology among adopted boys with preadoptive histories of child sexual abuse (CSA), physical abuse, and neglect/abandonment.
Abstract: Findings show that boys with preadoptive abuse are prone to significantly higher levels and clinically severe externalizing symptomology as compared to adopted boys without such histories. Research supports a strong association between CSA and emotional and behavioral disturbances, indicating a need for better understanding and support for the needs of families who adopt children with a history of CSA. This study investigated the impact of preadoptive CSA on the emotional and behavioral adjustment of adopted boys, whereas other studies on the risk factors associated with adoption generally grouped special needs children and their adoptive families into one single category. Data were drawn from 1,136 boys age 6-18 years, adopted under the Florida child welfare system. The study was based upon panel surveys of adoptive parents whose children experienced preadoptive CSA. Findings confirmed that preadoptive CSA is significantly related to clinically significant rule-breaking and aggressive behavior across the 3-year period of the study. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Legal adoption
Index Term(s): Family histories; Family structure; Family support; Parent-Child Relations
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