Magazine article Work & Family Life

An Upbeat Take on Adoptive Families

Magazine article Work & Family Life

An Upbeat Take on Adoptive Families

Article excerpt

When it comes to research on human behavior, it helps to be reminded that the case is never closed. For example, conventional wisdom supported by many psychological studies would have us believe that children who are adopted have more problems than children who grow up with their biological parents. But is this really so?

DiAnne Borders, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, says "no." For her study, she asked groups of adoptive parents as well as biological parents to evaluate their children's development. Dr. Borders found that the parents rated their offspring essentially the same. Kids who were not adopted were just as likely as adopted kids to be anxious or unhappy, to lose their temper or to bully their classmates. She found that adopted children were just as likely to be sociable, responsible and cheerful as children who were not adopted. …

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