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.
- Externalizing symptoms
- School-age children
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)