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Developmental changes after early adversity: lessons from adoption research

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Tea and coffee will be served from 12.30 onwards at the Nick Macintosh Seminar Room for attendees only.

Most children grow up in family contexts with a good amount of stability, whereas adopted children’s lives are marked by sharp discontinuity. Being the most extreme out-of-home placement alternative, adoption typically involves children with early experiences of abuse and neglect, which in the case of intercountry adoption are often continued by exposure to institutional care. As a consequence, when these children make the transition to their new families through adoption, their growth and psychological development are marked by delays and difficulties. Adoption affords most of these children stability, stimulation, nurturance and affect. This profound positive discontinuity makes it possible to study the stability and change in their developmental trajectories. The heterogeneity of the process of recovery will be illustrated with the findings of a longitudinal study in which physical growth, executive functions, intelligence, attachment and social integration are considered.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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