Parental perceived discrimination as a postadoption risk factor for internationally adopted children and adolescents

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Abstract

Parental perceived discrimination was investigated as a risk factor in a U.S. sample of 1,579 internationally adopted children ages 5 to 18 years. Drawing on stress proliferation theory, we hypothesized a positive association between parental perceived discrimination and child problem behaviors, controlling for preadoption adversity. We also expected differences by world region and age of the child. Adoptive parents with Asian and Latin American children reported more discrimination than parents with Eastern European children. Perceived discrimination was uniquely associated with greater problem behaviors for adopted children from Asia and Latin America, with the strongest association among Latin American adolescents. The study findings highlight the need to study postadoption risk factors related to adoption and minority status for internationally adopted individuals and families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-500
Number of pages8
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Behavioral development
  • Discrimination
  • International adoption
  • Preadoption adversity
  • Risk factor

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