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Title: Stress, coping and personal strengths and difficulties in internationally adopted children in spain
Author: Reinoso Bernuz, Marta
Forns, Maria, 1946-
Keywords: Ajustament (Psicologia)
Estrès (Psicologia)
Infants immigrants
Adopció internacional
Adjustment (Psychology)
Stress (Psychology)
Immigrant children
Intercountry adoption
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Abstract: This study analyses the types of coping strategies used by internationally adopted children, and explores the relation between these strategies and personal strengths and difficulties. The Kidcope checklist (Spirito, Stark, & Williams, 1998) and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ; Goodman, 1997) were administered to a sample of 35 Spanish adoptees (25.7% boys and 74.3% girls, aged 8-12 years) and their parents. Self-reported problems were categorised and their relation with coping strategies and psychological adjustment was explored. Results indicated that adopted children report problems of interpersonal nature. The content of the problems mainly refers to relationships and health, illness, or accidents. Parents reported that children were generally well-adjusted and they had no problems outside the normal range. International adoptees used mainly control-oriented coping strategies. Escape-oriented coping was linked to parents' ratings of total difficulties, with self-criticism accounting for the highest percentage of the variance.
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It is part of: Children and Youth Services Review, 2010, vol. 32, p. 1807-1813
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ISSN: 0190-7409
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