Fascinating results on attachment security six months after
international adoption were revealed in the small study:Factors
affecting attachment in international adoptees at 6 months post
adoptionby Sandra Niemann & Sandra Weiss.
Contrary to what is commonly believed, age at adoption,
developmental status, and length and quality of pre-adoption
care, and adoptive mother's feelings of attachment were not
significant predictors of child attachment status 6 months post
The two factors that were significantly predictive of healthy
attachment between a mother and child 6 months post adoption were
the number of pre-adoption placements and the child's stress
Children who had fewer pre-adoption placements had higher
attachment security; similarly, children who had lower stress
levels had higher attachment security. Results suggest that
consistency of pre-adoption care was more important than its
length or quality. Further, children having foster versus
orphanage care prior to adoption differed in quality of
pre-adoption care and in certain attachment behaviors, but not in
overall attachment security.
Published inChildren and Youth Services ReviewVolume 34, Issue 1,
January 2012, Pages 205-212. Also published inAdoption
QuarterlyVolume 14, Issue 4, 2011 under the titleAttachment
Behavior of Children Adopted Internationally at Six Months Post
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