Immediate behavioral and developmental considerations for internationally adopted children transitioning to families

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2005 Oct;52(5):1311-30, vi-vii. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2005.06.011.


The arrival of a newly adopted child into the family is usually a joyous time. Behavioral concerns arise in many internationally adopted children, most of whom are infants or toddlers at the time of placement with their adoptive families. Problems with feeding, sleeping, and other daily activities are often prominent in the first few weeks after the adoption. Some children display emotional distress and developmental delays; however, most recover rapidly. Anticipatory guidance from the pediatrician can assist families and children with this major life transition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adoption* / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders* / etiology
  • Child Behavior Disorders* / psychology
  • Child Behavior* / psychology
  • Child Development*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • International Cooperation
  • Object Attachment
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Psychology, Child
  • Social Adjustment*
  • United States