Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 20–27

Symptoms of adopted children presenting to a large mental health clinic

  • Carol C. Austad
  • Tillmon L. Simmons
Articles

Abstract

The intake records of a selected sample of children adopted in early infancy are reviewed and their presenting symptoms categorized. A majority of the children's symptoms fell into the first 5 of 15 categories: Oppositional Behavior, Aggressive Behavior, Anti-social Acting Out, Academic Problems and Problems with Peers. While these symptoms are not uncommon in non-adoptive clinic cases, the authors note an emphasis on the adoptive parents' disappointment and accusatory attitude toward these children as well as a high incidence of symptoms indicative of interpersonal difficulties and problems in developing solid parental attachments and self-control.

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© Human Sciences Press 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol C. Austad
    • 1
  • Tillmon L. Simmons
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Youth ServicesUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryMedical University of South CarolinaCharleston

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