Focusing on developmental and clinical issues in children's adjustment to adoption, the authors introduce this volume with an overview of historical and contemporary perspectives, then explore various theories that have addressed the issue of psychological risk associated with adoption. Following a review of empirical research on factors that influence the adjustment process, the authors discuss different types of adoption, analyze methodological problems, and discuss clinical and assessment issues that commonly arise in work with adoptees and their families.
Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies
The current mental health trend toward shorter treatments has led some clinicians to shorten or even eliminate the assessment process. This trend is unfortunate from our perspective, for an incomplete assessment is likely to lead to an inadequate understanding of the child's and/or family's problems, thereby potentially compromising the course of treatment. This problem is particularly true in the case of adopted children and their parents, who present with a number of unique individual and family circumstances that are often overlooked or misunderstood by treating therapists.
In moving from clinical assessment to treatment planning, the clinician must decide on the type of intervention that will most likely address the specific problems presented by the adopted child and ...