II. DEVELOPMENT OF ADOPTED CHILDREN WITH HISTORIES OF EARLY ADVERSITY

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  • Femmie Juffer,

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    • Jesús Palacios,

    • Lucy Le Mare,

    • Edmund J. S. Sonuga-Barke,

    • Wendy Tieman,

    • Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg,

    • Panayiota Vorria,

    • Marinus H. van IJzendoorn,

    • Frank C. Verhulst


    • Femmie Juffer is supported by Wereldkinderen, and Jesús Palacios's contribution to this chapter was prepared while he was on sabbatical leave at the University of Cambridge (UK) with financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (grant PR2008–0291). Lucy Le Mare is supported by the Human Early Learning Partnership, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg (VIDI and VICI grant) and Marinus van IJzendoorn (SPINOZA prize) are supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, and Panayiota Vorria by the Nuffield Foundation.

    Corresponding author: Femmie Juffer, Leiden University, Centre for Child and Family Studies, P.O. Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, the Netherlands, email: juffer@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

    Abstract

    This chapter first presents a review of research on the development of adopted children, focusing on meta-analytic evidence and highlighting comparisons between adopted children with and without histories of early adversity. Some methodological issues arising from this literature are considered as well. Second, 7 longitudinal studies of adopted children's development are described, and the convergence of findings across the longitudinal studies and with the cross-sectionally based meta-analytic evidence is discussed. Third, the role of the adoptive family in supporting adopted children's development is explored.

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