Intercountry adopted children as young adults--a Swedish cohort study

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2003 Apr;73(2):190-202. doi: 10.1037/0002-9432.73.2.190.


In a national cohort study, the family and labor market situation, health problems, and education of 5,942 Swedish intercountry adoptees born between 1968 and 1975 were examined and compared with those of the general population, immigrants, and a siblings group--all age matched--in national registers from 1997 to 1999. Adoptees more often had psychiatric problems and were longtime recipients of social welfare. Level of education was on par with that of the general population but lower when adjusted for socioeconomic status.

MeSH terms

  • Adoption / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Welfare
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sweden
  • Time Factors