Influence of Communicative Openness on the Psychological Adjustment of Internationally Adopted Adolescents

Inés Aramburu Alegret, Carles Pérez-Testor, Josep Mercadal Rotger, Manel Salamero Baró, Montse Davins Pujols, Vinyet Mirabent Junyent, Berta Aznar Martínez, David Brodzinsky

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Abstract

This study evaluated the predictive relationship between the communicative openness and psychological adjustment of adopted adolescents, controlling for preplacement risk factors. One hundred Spanish international adoptees aged 12–18 took part in the study. Data were gathered with a structured interview, the Youth Self Report and the Adoption Communication Scale. A history of maltreatment prior to the adoption was associated with more closed communication between parents and children. Prenatal drug exposure shows a relationship with the presence of externalizing behaviors and attention problems in adolescents. Finally, a lower degree of communicative openness regarding the child's origins was significantly associated with the presence of all the adolescent behavioral problems studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-237
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume30
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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