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.

Chapter 17: Schoo Issues and Adoption: Academic Considerations andAdaptation

Schoo Issues and Adoption: Academic Considerations andAdaptation

Schoo issues and adoption: Academic considerations andadaptation

During childhood and adolescence, children and teens spend approximately onethird of their day in educational settings. Schools, educators, and researchershave explored the impact of learning styles, disabilities, teacher expectations,and a host of other issues on school-age children. Although they have focused ona number of both internal (e.g., intelligence) and external (e.g., social class)factors that might affect students, relatively little attention has been givento students who were adopted into their families. Thus, although adoptedchildren and teens have been the subjects of research studies addressingheritability issues (e.g., Scarr & Weinberg, 1983), there have been fewstudies addressing educational and school-related issues pertaining to them.However, given that it is widely acknowledged that adoptees may encountervarious challenges ...

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