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Children from disrupted and adoptive homes on an inpatient unit.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
The American journal of orthopsychiatry
Publication Date
Volume
60
Issue
4
Pages
594–602
Identifiers
PMID: 2248370
Source
Medline

Abstract

Among 375 children and adolescents admitted to a psychiatric hospital inpatient unit, the proportion of adopted children was considerably higher than that of a general pediatric population or of census figures, and the majority of nonadoptees were from disrupted homes. Based on a review of case records, adoption and family disruptions appear to increase significantly the length of hospitalization and to shift diagnoses toward behavioral disturbances. Implications for prevention and treatment are considered.

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