International adoption: Implications for early intervention

Study Title: International adoption: Implications for early intervention

Authors: Johnson DE, Dole K

Abstract: A total of 56 children adopted from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union were evaluated in 2 international adoption clinics. Preadoptive medical records were available for 47 of these children. Results: “Children had 1 month of linear growth lag for every five months in an orphanage. Developmental delays were also common (gross motor delays in 70% of children, fine motor in 82%, language in 59%, and social-emotional in 53%). Overall, children fell behind 1 month of linear growth for each 3.4 months in the orphanage. All children in this study lived in institutional care, either orphanages or hospitals. Avg. age was 28.3 months.

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