Italian International Adoptees at Home and at School: A Multi-Informant Assessment of Behavioral Problems

Rosa Rosnati, Daniela Barni, Rosario Montirosso

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare the reports of emotional and behavioral problems of adopted children on the part of mothers, fathers, and teachers, and to examine the agreement in the reports among the three informants. The approach employed was multi-informant, with a three-point sample composed of 75 Italian couples (all parents of international adoptees between 7 and 11 years of age) and one of the child's teachers. Parents reported higher levels of problems in their adopted children than teachers did. Moreover, the agreement between mother and father was higher than that between one parent and the teacher. The percentage of cases in which all three informants agreed on the classification of the child as being part of the clinical group turned out to be considerably lower than when only one informant was concerned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-786
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • CBCL and TRF
  • Multi-informant
  • Parent agreement
  • Parent-teacher agreement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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