Comparing ADHD symptom levels in children adopted from Eastern Europe and from other regions: Discussing possible factors involved

Neus Abrines, Natàlia Barcons, Carme Brun, Diana Marre, Claudio Sartini, Victoria Fumadó

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Abstract

Higher rates of ADHD symptoms have been observed among internationally adopted children but these symptoms seem to be even more frequent among children adopted from Eastern European countries. Therefore, the aims of this study were to compare the presence of ADHD symptoms in a sample of children adopted from Eastern Europe with a sample of children adopted from other regions and also to examine the influence of selected personal and family factors in the display of these symptoms. Ninety-three children adopted from Eastern Europe were assessed with the Swanson, Nolan, and Pelham-IV (SNAP-IV) scale and their scores were compared with the scores of 115 children adopted from other regions. Children adopted from Eastern Europe showed more ADHD symptoms than children adopted from other regions. Being a girl was a protective factor for the Hyperactivity/impulsivity scale and older children were more likely to show inattention. However, the reasons why these symptoms are more frequent in children adopted from Eastern Europe are still uncertain: the interaction between the stories and characteristics of the adopted child and adoptive parents should be further explored in order to best help these children to adapt to their new family and society. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1903-1908
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Attention problems
  • Eastern Europe
  • Hyperactivity
  • Intercountry adoption

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