Adjustment among adopted children: The role of maternal self-reflectiveness

Beatriz Priel, Sigal Melamed-Hass, Avi Besser, Bela Kantor

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The maternal self-reflective function was assumed to affect maternal perceptions of adopted children's adjustment. In a sample of Israeli mothers of school-aged, non-referred children, self-reflectiveness scores were found to discriminate between adoptive (N = 50) and non-adoptive (N = 80) participants, and affect the rate of perceived externalizing behaviors. Specific protective and risk factors that characterize adoptive motherhood are discussed, indicating their implications for therapeutic intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-396
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000


  • Adjustment
  • Adoption
  • Externalizing symptoms
  • School-age children
  • Self-reflectiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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