Depressive Symptoms in Mothers of Recently Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children

Diem Julie Nguyen, Megan R. Gunnar

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To determine whether depressive symptoms are elevated within months of adoption, we compared women who had recently adopted a toddler from an overseas orphanage to women with children of the same age who adopted more than a year before or were raising a child they birthed. The groups did not differ significantly in means or in percentage with elevated symptoms (Session 1, χ2(2) = 2.5, ns; Session 2, χ2(2) = 1.38, ns). The results provided no evidence of elevated symptoms in the first months following adoption for women who adopted internationally relative to other women with toddler-aged children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-293
Number of pages14
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2014

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  • adoption
  • adoptive mothers
  • depression
  • international adoption


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