Developmental Outcomes of Internationally Adopted Children

Janet A. Welsh, Andres G. Viana

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-264
Number of pages24
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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