Although most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption is the first text designed for mental health practitioners to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.
Part VII: Assessment and Treatment Issues in Adoption:Preface
Anumber of questions have been raised as to whether adoptees and other members ofthe triad are more prone to mental illnesses and to psychological and behavioralproblems because of the inherent challenges in the adoption experience. Areadoptees more likely to suffer from attachment disorders and have difficultydeveloping relationships? What are the central treatment issues professionalshould keep in mind in assessing and treating members of the triad? At whatpoint is it appropriate to search and reunite with the birth parents? These aresome of the questions addressed by a number of prominent scholars and cliniciansover the last few years. Because of the crucial importance of addressing thesequestions head-on, we have decided to include contributions from several ...